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Recreation Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Recreation Specialist"

How much does a Recreation Specialist in the federal government get paid? $69,513.26* *Based on the 2021 average.

Recreation Specialist was the 201st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 681 employed. The most common payscale was the gs employees in grades 3 through 10 paid a law enforcement officer special base rate payscale.

In 2021, the Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System hired the most employees titled Recreation Specialist, with an average salary of $70,250.

Government Recreation Specialist jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Recreation Specialist job is GS-4, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions where the paramount requirement is for a general knowledge of the goals, principles, methods, and techniques of the broad field of recreation in evaluating recreation needs and in planning, organizing, advising on, and administering recreation activities and programs which promote the physical, creative, and social development of participants.

Agencies that have hired a Recreation Specialist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 590 $70,250.45
U.S. Coast Guard 21 $70,905.67
Forest Service 20 $60,717.90
Veterans Health Administration 19 $62,828.47
Indian Health Service 13 $57,085.54
Armed Forces Retirement Home 6 $74,132.67
4 $800.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 4 $0.00
National Park Service 2 $73,567.00
Program Support Center 1 $94,627.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $77,582.00

Recreation Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Recreation Specialist is $69,513.26. The highest paid Recreation Specialist made $112,752 in 2021.

Common Recreation Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Recreation Specialist Employees
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 500
GS - General Schedule 177
* - Invalid 4

Starting Paygrade: $27,782.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Administrative and Management

Other Jobs at the GS-4 Paygrade

GS-4 is the starting paygrade for Recreation Specialist jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-4 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Cargo SchedulingTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Consumer Safety InspectionTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Dental AssistantTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Closed Microphone ReportingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Compliance Inspection and SupportClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Recreation Specialist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Recreation Specialist was $50,623. Since then, the average pay has increased to $69,513 in 2021.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0188.

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