Feature Article - July 2019
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On the Up & Up

Our 12th Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


As usual, respondents who are the chairman, CEO, president, vice president or owner of their organization reported the highest average salary, when considered by job title, though they did see a significant drop in 2019, and respondents who are the director of their organizations are catching up, in terms of earnings. Respondents who were the chairman, CEO, president, vice president or owner of their organization reported a 3.5 percent decrease to average salaries from 2018 to 2019, from $91,050 to $87,850. All other job titles reported increases. The greatest increase was seen among those in administration management, who saw an 11.8 percent increase, from an average salary of $72,070 in 2018 to $80,590 in 2019. They were followed by program and activity administrators (up 3.2 percent from $51,350 to $52,970); operations and facility managers (up 1.4 percent, from $60,320 to $61,150); and directors (up 0.2 percent, from $84,420 to $84,550). (See Figure 6.)


Respondents with higher levels of education typically tend to report higher average salaries, and 2019 is no exception, with those who have earned master's and advanced degrees earning more than those with bachelor's, who likewise earn more than their counterparts with two-year degrees or no college degree at all. The greatest increase to average salary was reported by respondents with a bachelor's degree, who saw their average salary rise 5.8 percent, from $71,090 in 2018 to $75,240 in 2019. They were followed by those with two-year degrees, who reported a 0.5 percent increase, from $57,340 to $57,640; and those with master's degrees, up 0.2 percent, from $80,780 to $80,930. The greatest decrease was seen among those with advanced degrees. They reported an 11.5 percent decrease from 2018 to 2019, from $105,460 to $93,280. That said, their 2019 average was up 0.8 percent from 2017's average of $92,500. Decreases were also seen among those with some college, but no degree (down 2.2 percent, from $61,090 to $59,740) and high school graduates (down 0.4 percent, from $55,450 to $55,210). (See Figure 7.)