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IHRSA EUROPE UPDATE Employee compensation


Kristen A Walsh outlines the highlights from IHRSA’s Employee Compensation & Benefits Report


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ast month, IHRSA released The 2013 IHRSA Employee Compensation & Benefits Report, a detailed analysis


of compensation and benefits practices for the heath club industry. More than 100 North American clubs provided salary and compensation data for the report.


Salary benchmarks “Historically, payroll is one of the largest expenses for health clubs” says Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive vice president of global products. “However, investing wisely in the recruitment and retention of star employees is often what distinguishes very successful clubs from the average performers. The 2013 IHRSA Employee Compensation & Benefits Report provides valuable compensation data characteristic of leading clubs, against which club operators can measure their own practices.” The new report provides salary and


compensation data for nearly 50 job titles, including industry-specific positions such as fitness director and group exercise instructor, as well as support staff such as general manager and housekeeping. On average, participating clubs pay


fitness directors US$55,441 in total annual compensation, while general managers earn an average of US$95,333 a year. Full-time group exercise instructors are paid an average hourly rate of US$21.97.


Comparable data New to this year’s report are additional breakouts by club type, allowing club operators to compare their compensation practices with those of similar companies. The following filters are included for breakouts by club type: • Independent • Part of a chain • Franchise • Fitness-only • Multi-purpose


22 The IHRSA Employee Compensation


& Benefits Report for the Commercial Health & Fitness Industry


Compiled in 2013 by The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association and Industry Insights, Inc.


NEWS


T e report provides salary and compensation data for almost 50 job titles within the industry


IHRSA.ORG/RESEARCH International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association Independent clubs indicated paying


their chief operating officer (COO) a base salary of US$129,157. In contrast, franchise clubs indicate paying their COOs a base salary of US$109,771. T e report also provides a brief macro-


economic outlook on compensation and unemployment. According to a separate WorldatWork Salary Budget Survey, across the US, companies off ered salary increases ranging from 2 per cent to 2.9 per cent to employees in 2010 and 2012. Salary increases are also expected to be modest in 2013.


Future prospects “The employment outlook looks promising for health clubs as unemployment rates gradually fall and the industry continues to grow,” says Melissa Rodriguez, IHRSA’s senior research manager. “As the economy continues to improve, health club operators may hire additional employees to administer non- dues programmes and grant larger pay increases in order to retain loyal staff.”


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The 2013 IHRSA Employee Compensation & Benefits Report is based on voluntary survey data that has been provided by leading IHRSA member clubs in the United States and Canada. The report provides compensation information for senior management/corporate staff, salaried club-level employees, as well as hourly club-level employees. Salary information by job title is provided by geographical region, by club type, and by size in terms of total annual revenues.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


T e 2013 IHRSA Employee Compensation & Benefi ts Report is available at www.ihrsa.org/ compensation-report. Th e PDF can be purchased either in full for US$399.95 (US$199.95 for IHRSA members) or in three separate parts for US$149.95 each (US$79.95 each for IHRSA members). Contact store@ihrsa.org with questions.


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