Feature Article - July 2009
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Dollars and Sense

Our 2009 Salary Survey of the Managed Recreation, Sports & Fitness Industry

By Emily Tipping


While many people in all industries are reporting that they are working longer hours as staff cutbacks are made, in our survey, respondents reported no statistical difference in the average number of hours worked this year compared to last. Last year's respondents averaged 47.7 hours weekly, while this year's respondents average 47.8 hours weekly.

Fewer respondents this year reported that they are working 50 or more hours a week, while more are working from 45 to 49 hours a week. Last year, 33.5 percent of respondents said they worked 50 or more hours per week, while this year, 32.3 percent reported working those hours. (See Figure 13.)

Respondents at schools and camps were most likely to indicate they worked more than 60 hours a week. Nearly a third of respondents in each of those categories indicated doing so. In fact, only a little over a third of respondents from schools said they worked less than 50 hours a week. (See Figure 14.)

Overall, more respondents than not feel that their salary is appropriate given their current responsibilities, representing a slight increase from last year's report and perhaps reflecting the "I'm lucky to have a job" sentiment that predominates in the current economic climate.

While 50.1 percent of last year's respondents felt their salaries were too low, this year 47.3 percent of respondents reported feeling that way, while 52.3 percent feel their salary is appropriate. Another 0.5 percent said they felt their salary was too high, given their current responsibilities.