Feature Article - July 2020
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Money Matters

Our 13th Annual Salary Survey

By Emily Tipping


Respondents from parks were again the most likely to report a year-over-year increase in salaries, with nearly three-quarters (73.8%) indicating that their salary in 2019 was higher than in 2018. They were followed by those from schools (65% of whom reported an increase), and Ys (62.8% reporting an increase). Respondents from camps were the least likely to report that their salaries in 2019 were higher than in 2018, though more than half (52%) saw an increase in that time frame. (See Figure 10.)

The average salary increase for 2019 for all respondents was 3.5%, up from a 3.4% increase in 2018. The highest salary increases were reported by those from camps and health clubs, where respondents reported a 4.8% and a 4% increase, respectively, for 2019. More modest increases were reported by those from parks (3.5%), rec centers (3.4%), colleges (3.1%) and Ys (3%). Schools reported the smallest increase, at 2.8%.

Getting Things Done, Happily

Most respondents said that they work a pretty typical work week of between 40 and 50 hours. Some 37.5% said they put in 40 to 44 hours a week, while 28.4% work 45 to 49 hours per week. Meanwhile, the number of respondents who said they work at least 50 hours a week remained relatively unchanged, growing from 28% in 2019 to 28.5% in 2020. Very few respondents are working part-time hours of less than 40 hours a week. (See Figure 11.)

On average, respondents said they work 47.5 hours per week, up very slightly from 47.2 hours in 2019. Respondents from schools reported the highest average number of hours worked, at 53.2 hours a week. They were followed by those from camps, who work an average of 49.7 hours per week, and colleges, at 48.7 hours per week. Respondents from rec centers and parks logged the fewest average hours, with rec center respondents averaging 44.2 hours and park respondents averaging 45.4.