Feature Article - July 2018
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In The Money

Our 11th Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


While overall, respondents reported a 1.5 percent increase in average salary from 2017 to 2018, some industry segments saw higher increases, and others reported dropping salaries. The sharpest increase was reported by respondents from colleges and universities, who reported that their average salary rose 11.7 percent from 2017 to 2018. They were followed by golf and country clubs, with a 9.4 percent increase. Also reporting higher-than-average increases to salary were respondents from community centers (up 5.7 percent), health clubs (up 3.9 percent) and camps (up 3 percent). Parks respondents reported a much more modest, 0.7 percent increase. (See Figure 5.)


Some industry segments reported a decrease to average salaries from 2017 to 2018. The sharpest decrease was seen among respondents from Ys, whose average salaries fell 12.4 percent. Other industry segments reporting decreases include: military installations (down 7.7 percent), resorts and resorts hotels (down 2.3 percent) and schools and school districts (down 0.7 percent).

Respondents in the Northeast continue to be the highest earners, with an average salary in 2018 of $75,520, 8.8 percent higher than the average for all respondents. They are followed by those in the West, with an average salary of $74,200, the South at $67,690, and the Midwest at $64,410. (See Figure 6.)


Respondents from the West reported the greatest increase to their salaries from 2017 to 2018, with a 5.4 percent increase. They were followed by respondents in the South, who saw a 2.1 percent increase to their average salary. Respondents in the Midwest reported virtually no change to average salary from 2017 to 2018, with a modest 0.2 percent increase. And respondents in the Northeast reported a 1.4 percent decrease to their average salary in this time frame.