Feature Article - July 2019
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On the Up & Up

Our 12th Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


Experience Counts

Respondents to the Industry Report survey tend to be highly likely to have earned a college degree, compared with the average U.S. citizen. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2017, 27 percent of adults had earned at least a bachelor's degree. For respondents to the Industry Report survey, 79.5 percent have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Some 46.5 percent said they have a bachelor's degree, while 30.7 percent have earned a master's. Another 2.3 percent have earned an advanced degree. Another 10.9 percent of respondents said they have attended college without earning a degree, and 6.2 percent have earned a two-year, or associate's degree. Another 3.4 percent have a high school diploma.

On average, respondents have been working in their current position for 10.7 years, slightly less than last year's average of 11.2 years. Some 41.8 percent of respondents said they have been in their current position for at least 10 years, with 16.4 percent indicating they've been in their current jobs for at least 20 years. Some 16.4 percent said they've been in their current position for five to nine years, while 38.3 percent have been in their current job for less than five years.

On average, respondents have been working in the recreation, sports and fitness industry for 21.2 years. More than half (52.8 percent) said they have been working in the industry for at least 20 years, and 23.6 percent have been in the industry for 30 years or more. Those with less than 10 years of industry experience make up 18.4 percent of the survey population. (See Figure 2.)


Money Matters

Last year's Salary Survey showed a 1.5 percent increase in the average salary over 2017. In 2019, the average salary is up 2.9 percent from 2018, to $71,450. This represents a 9.4 percent increase over the past 10 years, from $65,300 in 2010. (See Figure 3.)