Highlights from the 2021 Compensation and Benefits Report

Get a nationwide snapshot of compensation and benefits

How the report can be used

GCSAA conducts a comprehensive study of the compensation, benefits and operations of its superintendent members. This biannual report shows whether your compensation is in line with your peers at similar facilities in your region. The report can be used to begin negotiations for an annual review, pay increases, or salary or benefits cuts. Details can be shared with constituencies, used to advocate on behalf of the profession and reveal trends.

Average, mean and percentile of reported salaries are reported. Salary information is broken down by state and metro area, by facility demographics, and for fringe benefits, insurance and bonuses.

In 2021, more than 3,320 superintendents participated, a response rate of 43%.

Highlights from the 2021 Report

  • More than 69% of all superintendents responding to the 2021 survey worked at 18-hole facilities
  • The average base salary for golf course superintendents rose to $97,354, a 4.5% increase over 2019
  • The average base salary for certified golf course superintendents rose to $119,558, a 7.5% increase over 2019
  • Member superintendents, on average: are 47.3 years old, have spent 16.7 years as a superintendent and have held their current position for an average of 10.4 years

Get it

The Report is available to survey participants or by purchasing online access. A printed copy of the report is available to survey participants for $30, the price of printing and shipping.

GCSAA members who did not participate in the survey can access the GCSAA Salary Calculator free of charge to obtain top line information. They may also purchase online access to the results for $130, or online access and a printed version for $160. GCSAA Student members may purchase online access for $50.

Non-members may purchase a printed copy for $525. To order, contact GCSAA at 800-472-7878.