Feature Article - July 2020
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Money Matters

Our 13th Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


While respondents in the Northeast reported the greatest year-over-year increase to their average salary in 2020, respondents in the Western region had the highest average salary overall. Respondents in the West said their average salary in 2020 was $82,740, up 8.9% from 2019. Respondents in the Northeast earned an average salary of $82,170 in 2020, up 11.4%. Respondents in the South Atlantic reported a 9.7% increase to salaries, with an average of $72,630 in 2020. South Central respondents saw a 6.2% increase from 2019, to an average of $74,170 in 2020. Only respondents in the Midwest reported a decrease in their average salary from 2019 to 2020, with a 1% drop to an average of $68,960. (See Figure 6.)

As usual, respondents who are the chairman, CEO, president, vice president or owner of their organization reported the highest average salary, when considered by job title. They also reported the greatest increase year-over-year to their average salaries from 2019 to 2020. Respondents who were the chairman, CEO, president, vice president or owner of their organization reported a 19.7% increase to their average salary, reaching $105,190 in 2020. Respondents in program and activity administration reported a 7% increase, to an average of $56,690 in 2020, and directors saw their average salary increase 3.6%, to $87,560 in 2020. Respondents in operations and facility management saw their average salary decrease by 1.4% in 2020, to an average of $60,310, and those in administration management reported a 2.6% decline, to an average of $78,520. (See Figure 7.)