Feature Article - July 2015
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Hold Steady

Our Eighth Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


Despite the fact that average salaries fell in 2015, more than half of this year's respondents reported that their salaries had increased from 2013 to 2014. Some 54.3 percent reported an increase in that time frame, up from 47.2 percent who saw an increase in 2013. Looking ahead, more than one-third (33.5 percent) of respondents expect to see their salaries increase in 2015. (See Figure 10.) That said, this projected number is generally pessimistic in our surveys, and more respondents end up reporting a decrease than expected it. For example, in our 2014 survey, only 28.3 percent of respondents said they were expecting a salary increase from 2013 to 2014. This year, 54.3 percent actually reported such an increase.


Respondents from parks and colleges were the most likely to report that their salaries had risen from 2013 to 2014. Some 61.3 percent of parks respondents and 60.9 percent of college respondents saw an increase in that time period. Those from health clubs were the least likely to report an increase from 2013 to 2014. Looking forward, respondents from YMCAs are the most optimistic about 2015, with 44.8 percent expecting to see a salary increase this year. The biggest increases are expected among health club respondents, 32.6 percent of whom expect their salaries to rise by an average of 9.5 percent. (See Figure 11.)