Highlights from the 2023 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 2023, more than 3,200 superintendents participated, a response rate of 40%.

Highlights from the 2023 Report

  • The average base salary for golf course superintendents rose to $109,621, an increase of 12.6% from 2021.
  • The average base salary for assistant superintendents rose to $56,299, an increase of 15.3% from 2021.
  • The average base salary for equipment managers rose to $60,584, an increase of 14.2% from 2021.
  • Member superintendents on average are 47.1 years old, have spent 16.6 years as a superintendent and have held their current position for an average of 10.3 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. The Report can be purchased through the GCSAA Store