Feature Article - July 2013
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Measuring Up

Our Sixth Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


Money Talk

Following a slight decline of 2.3 percent in our 2011 salary survey report, salaries showed a 1.9 increase to an average of $65,000 in 2012. This year, we can report a further increase of 2.6 percent to an average of $66,700 for 2013. This brings the average salary for our respondents to its highest level since we began conducting the survey in 2008. Since 2008, the average salary for survey respondents has risen 8.5 percent.

The percentage of respondents reporting that they earn a salary of at least $60,000 rose from 49.7 percent in 2012 to 51.3 percent in 2013. The percentage of respondents who earn at least $100,000 has risen gradually since 2011, from 10.1 percent to 12.1 percent. (See Figure 5.)


The highest average salaries in every year covered by the survey are found among respondents from golf and country clubs, though their average salary has actually fallen by 2.9 percent from 2012 to 2013. Other respondents who saw their average salary decrease from 2012 to 2013 include those from health clubs (a decrease of 5.4 percent); military installations (a decrease of 2 percent); and colleges and universities (a decrease of 0.5 percent).

All other industry segments reported an increase to their average salary from 2012 to 2013, with the greatest increases reported by those from resorts and resort hotels, with an increase of 13 percent. They were followed by camp respondents, with an increase of 8.5 percent from 2012 to 2013, and park respondents, with an increase of 5.6 percent. (See Figure 6.)