Feature Article - July 2020
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Money Matters

Our 13th Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


Of course, there is no doubt that COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the way we all work. We followed up the Industry Report Survey with a second, shorter survey in early May 2020. Here, we asked what impact the pandemic and social distancing measures had taken on respondents' salaries. The vast majority, 82.2%, said they had seen no impact on their salary at all. Another 13.3% said their salary had decreased, and 3.8% said they had been furloughed or laid off. Some 0.7% of Update Survey respondents said their salary had actually increased as a result of the pandemic. (See Figure 4.)

The full impact of COVID-19 on salaries will become clearer over time. In the meantime, let's take a look at how salaries break down across facility types, regions and more.

While overall, respondents reported a 5.5% increase in average salary from 2019 to 2020, some industry segments saw higher increases, and others reported dropping salaries. The greatest year-over-year increase in average salaries was reported by respondents from Ys, who saw their average salary jump 17%, from $65,900 in 2019 to $77,080 in 2020. They were followed by respondents from colleges, with a 9.6% increase from $71,800 to $78,720; and schools, with an 8.8% increase, from $73,910 to $80,400. Respondents from rec centers and parks also reported increases to average salaries, with rec center respondents reporting a 6.3% increase in 2020, to $68,600, and park respondents reporting a 1.2% increase, to $73,360. Respondents from camps and health clubs both reported a decrease to their average salary, with camps falling 6.5% to $65,350, and health clubs dropping 14.8%, to $64,000. (See Figure 5.)