Feature Article - July 2014
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Moving On Up

Our Seventh Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


Money Talks

The Salary Survey Report in 2013 showed a 2.6 percent increase to average salaries for survey respondents, from $65,000 in 2012 to $66.700. This year, we can report a further increase of 1 percent to an average of $67,400, bringing 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 by 9.6 percent.

The percentage of respondents reporting that they earn a salary of at least $60,000 increased slightly, from 51.3 percent in 2013 to 51.5 percent in 2014. There was no change from 2013 in the percentage of respondents reporting that they earn at least $100,000. (See Figure 5.)

Not all industry segments reported an increase in salaries from 2013 to 2014. For parks respondents, schools respondents and those from resorts, the average salary fell slightly. The decrease was steepest for resorts respondents, who saw a 7.1 percent drop in their average salary. They were followed by parks, with a 2.6 percent decrease, and schools, with a 2.4 percent decrease.

The greatest increases to average salaries were seen among respondents from military installations. These respondents reported an increase of 8.9 percent from an average of $65,200 in 2013 to $71,000 in 2014. They were followed by YMCA respondents, who reported a 6.9 percent increase, and college respondents, with a 5.5 percent increase. (See Figure 6.)

Regionally, the greatest increases to salaries were seen among respondents from the Northeast. These respondents reported an increase of 7.2 percent from an average of $70,800 in 2013 to an average of $75,900 in 2014. They were followed by those in the West, reporting a 3.1 percent increase. Respondents in the Midwest reported no change to their average salary, and those in the South saw a slight 0.6 percent decrease. (See Figure 7.)

As usual, respondents holding the title of chairman, CEO, president, vice president or owner earned the highest average salary. They also reported a steep increase over 2013. These respondents saw an increase of 11.6 percent from an average salary of $87,600 in 2013 to an average of $97,800 in 2014. Program and activity administrators also reported a slight increase, while other job titles saw a decrease in their average salaries. (See Figure 8.)