IHRSA Releases The 2011 Employee Compensation & Benefits Report: A Comprehensive Analysis of Industry Compensation & Benefits Practices

BOSTON - January 19, 2011 - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the release of The 2011 Employee Compensation & Benefits Report, a detailed analysis of compensation & benefits practices for fitness industry job titles.

The 2011 Employee Compensation & Benefits Report is based on survey data provided by leading IHRSA member clubs in the U.S. and Canada. The report provides compensation information for senior management/corporate staff, salaried club-level employees, and hourly club-level employees. Salary information for job titles is provided by geographical region, company type, and size in total annual sales. Also included in the report are analyses on job trends and the impact of the economic downturn on staffing and employee compensation.

"Over the past 18 months, leading club operators wisely managed staff compensation and benefits," said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA's Executive Vice President of Global Products. "The total company cost of employee compensation and benefits as a percent of annual sales for participating clubs weighed in at 39.9 percent."
Participating clubs reported spending an average of $62,725 in employee compensation and benefits per full-time employee, an increase of $8,000 from two years ago. According to this year's report, an average of $16,646 per club was allocated to professional development. The average cost of a new hire totaled $625.

New to this year's report is a section highlighting the impact of the economic downturn. While 49 percent of respondents indicated having made a reduction in staff over the past 18 months, 52 percent report that staff reductions over the next 12 months are unlikely. Only three out of 10 club operators indicated having eliminated or postponed bonuses over the past 18 months.

"The 2011 Employee Compensation & Benefits Report serves as an excellent tool for club operators," said Melissa Rodriguez, IHRSA's Research Manager. "Club managers can review how their compensation practices compare with similar companies and gain insight into other practices such as educational requirements for fitness job titles."

For example, participating clubs indicated that, on average, Fitness/Training Directors earn $46,000 per year. Operators of independent clubs pay front-desk personnel an average of $11.37 per hour, while managers of facilities that are part of a chain pay front-desk staff an average of $9.60 per hour.

The 2011 Employee Compensation & Benefits Report may be purchased at The IHRSA Store. The entire PDF is priced at $399.95 ($199.95 for IHRSA members) and the three separate parts are $139.95 each ($69.95 for IHRSA members). Survey participants and IHRSA Research Portal subscribers also have access to online searchable results.

Contact IHRSA Research at or +1-617-951-0055 with questions or for more information.
The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is the trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, racquet and sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and fitness promotion. IHRSA and the health club industry will convene in San Francisco, California from March 16-19 for IHRSA's 30th Anniversary International Convention & Trade Show. Find an IHRSA club at

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