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Feature Article - July 2017

Slow and Steady

Our 10th Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


Over the past several years, the number of respondents who have reported increases to their salaries has gradually risen. While less than half of respondents said they had seen a salary increase from 2012 to 2013, this year, nearly six in 10 (57.4 percent) respondents said they had seen a salary increase in the previous year. Just 7.9 percent reported that their salaries were lower in 2016 than in 2015. (See Figure 9.)


Typically, the percentage of respondents who project increases to their salaries is actually much lower than the percentage who end up receiving a salary increase. (Perhaps we're all afraid of jinxing ourselves.) In 2017, 31 percent of respondents said they expect to see a salary increase in 2017. This number can be expected to increase dramatically when we report the number who actually received such an increase in next year's survey.

Respondents from parks were the most likely to report that their salaries had increased from 2015 to 2016, with 64.1 percent

indicating they'd seen a salary increase in that time period. They were followd by those from schools and school districts, 59.3 percent of whom reported an increase, and sports, fitness and health clubs, 56.6 percent of whom reported an increase. Respondents from camps were the least likely to see salaries go up in this time frame, though nearly half (48.2 percent) said they had seen an increase. (See Figure 10.)