Feature Article - July 2010
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Our 2010 Salary Survey of the Managed Recreation, Sports & Fitness Industry

By Emily Tipping

Show Me the Money

This year's respondents reported an average salary that is 5 percent higher than that reported in 2009. Last year, the average salary among survey respondents was $62,200. Respondents in 2010 reported an average annual salary of $65,300. More than one in 10 (11.6 percent) reported earning at least six figures. But, the majority of respondents (56.5 percent) were earning between $50,000 and $100,000. (See Figure 6.)

When the averages are considered by industry segment, respondents from golf clubs and country clubs reported the highest average salary, at $91,600, but they also were among the only respondents to report that their salary level had fallen in 2010 from 2009. Respondents from golf clubs and from military installations reported a 5.9 percent drop in salaries in this time period.

The largest increase was seen among respondents from health clubs, who reported a 25.4 percent increase in their average salary. Relatively large increases were also reported by respondents from camps (18.5 percent); YMCAs (14.3 percent); and community sports and recreation centers (11.3 percent). (See Figure 7.)