Feature Article - July 2016
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Things Are Looking Up

Our Ninth Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


The greatest decreases were reported by respondents from resorts and resort hotels, who saw their average salary fall by 10.3 percent, from $62,300 in 2015 to $55,900 in 2016. They were followed by those from military installations, who reported a 10.2 percent decrease, golf and country clubs (down 6.5 percent), and camps (down 4.3 percent).

As is usually the case, respondents from the Northeast region continue to be the highest earners, followe d by the West. That said, the greatest increase to average salaries from 2015 to 2016 was reported by Midwestern respondents, who saw their average salary increase 4.8 percent, from $60,400 in 2015 to $63,300 in 2016. They were followed by the West, with an increase of 4.2 percent, and the Northeast, with an increase of 2.5 percent. Southern respondents reported a 2.1 percent decrease to their average salary, from $65,500 in 2015 to $64,100 in 2016. (See Figure 6.)

Respondents who are chairman, CEO, president, vice president or owner of their organizations again earned the highest average salary by job title, and they also reported the greatest decrease from 2015 to 2016, with an increase of 10.3 percent. They were followed by respondents in operations and facility management, with an increase of 4.8 percent; program and activity administration (4.1 percent); administration management (2.6 percent); and directors (1.3 percent). (See Figure 7.)


Generally speaking, the higher level of education achieved, the better your earnings. This industry is no exception to that rule. Respondents who said they had earned an advanced degree or Ph.D. reported the highest average salary of all respondents, at $87,100. This represents a 5.6 percent increase from 2015. The next greatest increase was seen among respondents who had earned an associate's degree, whose salaries rose 5.5 percent. They were followed by those with bachelor's degrees (4.8 percent) and master's degrees (3.4 percent). The greatest decrease to average salaries was reported by respondents with a high school diploma, who saw their average salary fall 4 percent from 2015 to 2016. (See Figure 8.)