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


Respondents from schools and school districts were most likely to report feeling their salaries were appropriate. Some 60 percent of respondents in this segment said they feel their salaries are appropriate. Respondents from health clubs were the most likely to report feeling their salary is too low, with 62.2 percent reporting they feel this way. (See Figure 15.)


Fewer respondents this year reported that their level of responsibility had increased over the past year, compared to last year's survey. While 72.6 percent last year reported a greater level of responsibility in 2007, 68 percent this year reported such a change. This is 7.7 percent fewer than expected their responsibilities to increase last year. (See Figure 16.)

Respondents from parks and recreation departments were the most likely to see an increasing level of responsibility in 2008, followed by those at schools and school districts, while those at camp facilities were the most likely to expect their responsibilities to decrease (though only 5 percent expected a decrease). In 2009, parks respondents again are the most likely to expect rising levels of responsibility, followed by those from YMCAs.