Feature Article - July 2019
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On the Up & Up

Our 12th Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


While overall, respondents reported a 2.9 percent increase in average salary from 2018 to 2019, some industry segments saw higher increases, and others reported dropping salaries. Respondents from camps reported a sharp increase of 22.7 percent, from an average of $56,970 in 2018 to $69,930 in 2019. Increases were also seen among respondents from health clubs (up 5.3 percent, from $71,370 to $75,160); Ys (up 5.2 percent, from $62,630 to $65,900); parks (up 4.2 percent, from $69,610 to $72,500); rec centers (up 4.2 percent, from $61,950 to $64,560); and schools (up 3.2 percent, from $71,600 to $73,910). Only respondents from colleges reported a decrease in their average salary from 2018 to 2019, with a 4.2 percent drop from $74,980 to $71,800. (See Figure 4.)


Respondents in the West overtook the Northeastern region as the highest earners in 2019, with an average salary of $76,010. Respondents in the Northeast followed, with an average of $73,780.

The greatest increase to average salary from 2018 to 2019 was reported by respondents in the Midwest, who saw their average salary rise 8.2 percent, from $64,410 in 2018 to $69,690 in 2019. Increases were also reported in the South Central region (up 3.9 percent, from $67,250 to $69,860) and the West (up 2.4 percent, from $74,200 to $76,010). Respondents in the South Atlantic states and the Northeastern region saw their average salaries fall slightly from 2018 to 2019, with a 2.9 percent drop in the South Atlantic (from $68,130 to $66,180), and a 2.3 percent drop in the Northeast (from $75,520 to $73,780). (See Figure 5.)