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

By Emily Tipping

Working Life

Professionals in this industry tend to wear a lot of hats, managing staff, marketing programs, maintaining facilities and much more. And, they spend a lot of hours getting it all done. Nearly two-thirds (64.2 percent) of respondents said they work 45 hours of more per week, with more than a quarter (26.4 percent) working 50 to 59 hours, and another 8 percent working 60 or more hours weekly. (See Figure 11.)

Respondents from schools reported working the most hours per week, averaging 52.7 hours. The lowest number was seen among park respondents, who work an average of 45.9 hours per week. The average number of hours worked was virtually the same as last year in all industry segments. (See Figure 12.)

Given their current level of responsibility, slightly more than half (50.4 percent) of respondents feel their salary is appropriate. Another 48.9 percent believe their salary is too low, given their current responsibilities. Respondents from YMCAs and colleges and universities were the most likely to report that they believe their salaries are too low. Some 58.9 percent of YMCA respondents and 58.7 percent of college respondents said they feel their salaries are too low. On the other hand, respondents from schools and school districts, and parks and recreation agencies were the most likely to report their salaries were appropriate. (See Figure 13.)

A majority of respondents reported that their level of responsibility has increased over the past couple of years, and even more expect their responsibilities to increase further in 2010. In 2008, 69.1 percent of respondents said their responsibilities had increased, and in 2009, 68.7 percent reported an increase. In 2010, 70.1 percent of respondents said they expect their level of responsibility to increase. (See Figure 14.)

Despite the increasing level of responsibility and relative feeling that salary levels are inappropriately low, respondents are still overwhelmingly satisfied in the work they do. In fact, more than one-third (35.8 percent) reported that they are very satisfied with their jobs, and more than half (56.1 percent) said they are satisfied. (See Figure 15.)

Your Two Cents

How does your salary stack up against our survey results? What career concerns are you facing? Do you have a positive story to tell that goes against the grain of the negative economic news? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Drop us a line at editor@recmanagement.com to let us know what you think.