Feature Article - July 2014
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Moving On Up

Our Seventh Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


On The Job

On average, respondents report that they work 47.7 hours per week, representing virtually no change from 2013, when respondents worked an average 48 hours weekly. There was a negligible increase this year in the percentage of respondents who work at least 45 hours per week. While 60.8 percent in 2013 indicated they worked at least 45 hours per week, that number rose slightly to 61 percent in 2014. The number reporting they worked 60 hours or more fell from 9.2 percent in 2013 to 8.5 percent in 2014. (See Figure 12.)

Once again, respondents from schools reported working the most hours, on average, weekly. Schools respondents in 2014 worked an average of 52 hours weekly. They were followed by camps respondents (49.7 hours), YMCAs (49.2 hours), health clubs (49 hours) and colleges (48 hours). Parks respondents had the shortest average work week, at 45.8 hours. They were followed by community center respondents (46.3 hours).

Slightly fewer respondents in 2014 feel their salary is inappropriate, given their current level of responsibility. While 53.2 percent in 2013 felt their salary was inappropriate, in 2014, that number fell to 51.3 percent. Some 51 percent feel their salary is too low, and 0.3 percent of respondents feel their salary is too high.

Respondents from camps were the most likely to feel their salary is appropriate. Some 57.7 percent of camp respondents in 2014 feel their salaries are appropriate, up from 55.5 percent in 2013. They were followed by schools respondents, 53.2 percent of whom feel their salary is appropriate. Respondents from parks and from colleges were the least likely to feel that their salaries are appropriate. Some 43.8 percent of college respondents and 43.9 percent of parks respondents said they feel their salary is appropriate. (See Figure 13.)

The percentage of respondents who report a greater level of responsibility has steadily fallen since 2011. In 2012, 68.7 percent of respondents said their level of responsibility had increased in 2011. In 2013, 65 percent reported that their responsibilities had increased in 2012. In 2014, 63.5 percent of respondents reported that their level of responsibility had increased in 2013. Looking ahead, 62.8 percent of respondents believe their level of responsibility will increase in 2014. (See Figure 14.)

Professionals in the recreation, sports and fitness industry who respond to our surveys tend to be happy with their current work. The vast majority—90.8 percent—of respondents in 2014 report that they are satisfied with their current jobs. The number who feel very satisfied increased from 35.5 percent in 2013 to 37.2 percent in 2014. (See Figure 15.)