Feature Article - July 2016
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Things Are Looking Up

Our Ninth Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


Over the past several years, the percentage of respondents who have seen their salaries increase has gradually climbed, from 44.1 percent who reported an increase from 2011 to 2012, to 57 percent who saw an increase from 2014 to 2015. At the same time, the percentage reporting a lower salary has fallen. (See Figure 9.) Generally, the percentage of respondents who report that they expect an increase in the year of the survey falls short of the percentage who actually receive such an increase. In 2016, 29.7 percent of respondents said they expect their salaries will increase. Expect this number to increase dramatically when we report the actual percentage who got an increase in next year's salary survey.


Respondents from YMCAs were the most likely to see salaries rise from 2014 to 2015, with 69.8 percent reporting they had seen an increase in that time period. They were followed by those from parks and recreation, 62.2 percent of whom reported an increase, colleges and universities (59.1 percent) and schools and school districts (52.9 percent). Respondents from health clubs were the least likely to see salaries go up in that time frame, with just 35.9 percent reporting an increase. (See Figure 10.)


Looking ahead, respondents from health clubs are the most likely to expect an increase to salaries in 2016, with 34.1 percent reporting they expect an increase. Those from schools were least likely to expect salaries to increase in 2016.