Feature Article - July 2009
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Dollars and Sense

Our 2009 Salary Survey of the Managed Recreation, Sports & Fitness Industry

By Emily Tipping


In 2009, the average increase among those reporting one is expected to be 3.5 percent. More than two-thirds (66.7 percent) of respondents who expect a salary increase in that time frame are expecting a raise of between 1 percent and 3 percent, while another quarter (26 percent) expect an increase of between 4 percent and 6 percent.

Respondents from parks and recreation departments were the most positive last year about salary increases, and that has not changed this year. Last year, 80.6 percent of park respondents reported seeing an increase from 2006 to 2007, and 81.4 percent expected an increase from 2007 to 2008. This year, that second number falls slightly, and just over three-quarters (76.6 percent) reported an increase from 2007 to 2008. Less than half (49.6 percent) expect an increase from 2008 to 2009.


Respondents from health clubs, on the other hand, were among the least positive last year, and that did not change for this year's results for 2007 to 2008. Last year, 49.3 percent of health club respondents reported receiving a salary increase from 2006 to 2007, and 69.6 percent were expecting an increase from 2007 to 2008. This year, just 46.1 percent of health club respondents reported an increase from 2007 to 2008, though for those who did receive a raise, they reported the highest increase of all the industry segments, of 5.7 percent. Health club respondents were the most likely to report a decrease from 2007 to 2008, with 19.2 percent of respondents in this segment indicating that their salaries had fallen. From 2008 to 2009, just 41.1 percent of health club respondents expect an increase, though again they expect the highest increase—4.8 percent—of all the industry segments. (See Figure 12.)