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

The highest salaries, as well as the greatest salary increase, for our respondents were found among those working for golf clubs or country clubs, who earn $97,300 on average, up substantially from last year's reported salary of $73,900 for this segment. They were followed by smaller increases seen among those from colleges and universities, who reported a 5.2 percent higher salary this year than last, those from YMCAs, reporting a 3.5 percent higher salary, and those from schools and school districts, reporting a 3.3 percent higher salary.

Likewise, the segment reporting the lowest salary for our respondents also reported the greatest decrease from 2008 to 2009. Those from resorts and resort hotels reported the lowest average salary, of $49,000, a drop of 26.2 percent from last year's reported salary for this group. The travel industry has been hit extremely hard by the recession, and these numbers may reflect that reality.

Also reporting decreases were respondents from community and private recreation and sports centers, who saw a drop of 9.8 percent from last year's reported salaries, as well as those from health clubs, who reported a drop of 8.7 percent, and those from parks and recreation departments, reporting a 2.1 percent decrease from last year's salaries. (See Figure 8.)