Feature Article - July 2010
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Our 2010 Salary Survey of the Managed Recreation, Sports & Fitness Industry

By Emily Tipping


When salaries are considered from a regional standpoint, respondents from the West and Northeast reported the highest averages. Respondents in the West reported an average annual salary of $71,000, and respondents in the Northeast reported an average of $69,700. The lowest number was reported by the Midwest, at $61,200. The regions with the highest salaries also saw the largest increases to their salaries in 2010. Respondents in the Northeast reported an 8.6 percent increase, while respondents in the West saw a 6.9 percent increase. (See Figure 8.)

Over the three years the survey responses have been collected, we have seen a falling number of respondents who believe that they will receive a raise in any given year. While a majority of respondents in 2008 and 2009 reported that they had received a raise in the past year (73.2 percent of those in 2008 had received a raise from 2006 to 2007; and 67 percent of those in 2009 had received a raise from 2007 to 2008), that number falls to less than half this year, with just 44.3 percent of respondents indicating they had received a raise in 2009. The outlook for this year is even more bleak, with just over a third (34.2 percent) of respondents expecting to receive a raise. (See Figure 9.)

Respondents from park agencies and from schools and school districts were the most likely to report that they had received a salary increase in 2009. More than half (50.3 percent of parks respondents and 50.2 percent of schools respondents) reported receiving such an increase, though the increases they reported were relatively low, with parks respondents earning a 3.2 percent increase, and schools respondents earning a 2.7 percent increase. The highest percentage increase in salaries in 2009 was seen among YMCA respondents, at 4.3 percent, though just 38.9 percent of these respondents reported earning such a raise.

In 2010, it is YMCA respondents and health club respondents who are most likely to be anticipating a salary increase, with 45.5 percent of YMCA respondents and 42.9 percent of health club respondents reporting they are expecting a raise this year. Health club respondents also are expecting the largest percentage increase to their salaries, at 5 percent. (See Figure 10.)