Feature Article - July 2008
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Money-Wise

Our 2008 Salary Survey of the Managed Recreation, Sports & Fitness Industry

By Emily Tipping


Respondents from sports, health and fitness clubs were the least likely to report receiving a salary increase in 2007. Less than half (49.3 percent) of respondents in this category indicated that they had received a raise in 2007, though those who did receive a salary increase reported the highest average increase—of 4.8 percent. Respondents in this category were slightly more optimistic about the likelihood that they would receive a salary increase this year. Nearly 70 percent are anticipating a raise in 2008, with the average expected increase being 6 percent. (See Figure 10.)


Figure 10: Salary Increases, by Facility Type
PERCENTAGE OF RESPONDENTS WHOSE
SALARY INCREASED FROM 2006 TO 2007,
AND AVERAGE INCREASE
PERCENTAGE OF RESPONDENTS WHO
ANTICIPATE SALARY INCREASE FROM 2007
TO 2008, AND AVERAGE INCREASE
Parks & Recreation Department 80.6% (3.9%) 81.4% (3.4%)
College/University 76.7% (3.5%)72.5% (3.2%)
School/School District 70.7% (3.3%)67.9% (3.1%)
Sports/Health/Fitness Club 49.3% (4.8%)69.6% (6.0%)
YMCA/YWCA/JCC71.8% (3.8%)77.1% (3.2%)

Those at sports, health and fitness clubs were the least likely to report that their responsibilities had increased over the past year. Just under 59 percent of health club respondents said they had taken on greater responsibility in the past year. Those at YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs were the most likely to report an increasing work load over the past year. At these facilities, more than three-quarters (76.5 percent) said they had taken on more responsibility in the past year. In 2008, parks and recreation professionals were the most likely to be expecting greater responsibility, with 77.1 percent of respondents in this category reporting they were anticipating greater responsibility in 2008.

Respondents working for schools and school districts reported working more years in their current position than those in other types of facilities. On average, respondents from schools and school districts had been in their current position for 9.4 years. Those with the least amount of tenure in their current positions were respondents from sports, fitness and health clubs, who on average have put in 6.3 years in their current position. The same holds true for respondents' number of years of experience in the recreation, sports and fitness industry. (See Figure 11.)


Figure 11: Years of Experience, by Facility Type
AVERAGE YEARS
IN CURRENT POSITION
AVERAGE YEARS
IN INDUSTRY
Parks & Recreation Department 8.9 19.9
Colleges & Universities 8.819.3
Schools & School Districts 9.4 21
Health/Fitness Clubs 6.313.9
YMCAs/YWCAs/JCCs 7 18.1