Survey Data Comes from Park and Recreation Agencies by
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently released a report highlighting salary and other work-related data for 10 park and recreation positions.
The responses are derived from 450 park and recreation agencies and draw comparisons based on demographics such as agency size, type, and characteristics such as education, certifications, and experience.
The 2021 NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey found that salaries are typically higher for those with more professional experience, higher education, and certifications, and that park and recreation agencies typically cover 85 percent of full-time employees health insurance, 77 percent offer their full-time employees a defined benefit retirement plan, and 68 percent of agencies offer their full-time employees a retirement plan.
"Park and recreation services are essential and the professionals who provide these services should be compensated fairly," Kevin Roth, NRPA vice president of research, evaluation, and technology explained, "NRPA encourages park and recreation leaders to use the information from this report to develop competitive compensation packages for their existing staff and to attract skilled new park and recreation professionals."