In conducting our fifth annual salary survey, Pool & Spa Marketing again asked its readers—swimming pool/hot tub designers, builders, retailers, service professionals, and product representatives, along with landscape architects, distributors and manufacturers—to anonymously provide invaluable information on the status of their employment in the aquatics industry. The salary survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2013 and the results are based on a record number of responses.
As has been the case since our first industry census in 2009, more than half of the respondents were based in Ontario; British Columbia, Alberta, and Atlantic Canada round out the top four regions.
In analyzing the results, it seems as though the aquatics industry is maturing as more than three quarters of the responses came from those aged 40 and up and are either owners and/or are in managerial positions. Another interesting statistic, which has continued since last year’s survey, shows women are becoming more involved in what has generally been a male dominated industry, with the number of female respondents increasing by 12 per cent over 2013.
In terms of hours worked and annual salaries, the majority of respondents are working 41 to 51 hour weeks; however, those working typical hours (between 35 and 40) were up by 10 per cent. Although the number of respondents with salaries between $30,000 and $49,999 increased last year, this income bracket stalled in 2013, while those earning base salaries ($20,000 to $29,000) increased by five percent. Further, respondents with an income between $50,000 and $59,999 increased by nine per cent, while the $60,000 plus bracket continued to fall as last year’s survey revealed. On the bright side, 33 per cent of respondents received a raise between one and five per cent.
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