Feature Article - July 2015
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Hold Steady

Our Eighth Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping

Working World

When it comes to their working lives, nearly a third (32.4 percent) of respondents said they are working between 40 and 44 hours a week. Another 28.2 percent are working 45 to 49 hours per week. Nearly three in 10 (29.9 percent) said they work at least 50 hours a week. (See Figure 12.)

More than half of all respondents (52.8) said they feel that their salary is too low, given their current responsibilities, up slightly from 2014, when 51 percent felt this way. Respondents from camps are the most likely to feel that their salary is appropriate, given their current responsibilities. Some 50.9 percent of camp respondent think their salary is appropriate. They were followed by those from parks, YMCAs and community centers. In all of these cohorts, 47 percent of respondents feel their salary is appropriate. Respondents from health clubs are the least likely to report that they think their salary is appropriate, with just 31.5 percent of this cohort reporting they feel this way. (See Figure 13.)

Nearly two-thirds (66.1 percent) of respondents said they had a greater level of responsibility in 2014 than in 2013. Another 31.9 percent said there was no change to their level of responsibility in this time period. (See Figure 14.) Looking ahead, 63 percent expect to see a greater level of responsibility in 2015 than in 2014.

As in past years, the vast majority of survey respondents report that they are either satisfied or very satisfied in their current jobs. Some 37 percent of 2015 respondents are very satisfied, and 54.5 percent are satisfied. Few respondents report being unsatisfied (7.2 percent) or very unsatisfied (1.3 percent), numbers that have seen little change over the past several years. (See Figure 15.)