Aquatics is a full-time job for the majority of Aquatics International salary survey respondents. Only 16 percent are employed in a situation other than full-time. That appears relatively unchanged from the Aquatics International 2008 survey.
How professionals are employed
Due to the recession, state and local government
finances are tight, with many communities facing large deficits. As
a result, a significant majority (67 percent) of survey respondents
have been affected by budget cuts.
Those whose operations have been directly affected by budget cuts as a result of the recession
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respondents’ compensation? Generally, most first-year
lifeguards are making between $8 and $8.99 an hour. The largest
percentage of managers (27 percent) make between $21 and $25.99 per
hour. Compared with 2008, most managers’ salaries remained
the same for 2009.
Starting hourly salary for first-year lifeguards
Salary changes for 2009
Hourly salary for managers
The aquatics operators in our survey are feeling
the pressure from cutbacks. Most notable is the increased level of
stress. Additionally, 42 percent report that they’ve had to
put off making major purchases or life decisions.
Ways budget cuts have affected job satisfaction
How budget cuts have impacted professionals
The aquatics industry is experiencing a hiring
freeze, according to the Aquatics International survey. A majority
(76 percent) expect to hire the same number of employees for 2010
as in 2009.
Comparing staff hiring during
fiscal year 2009 with those who will be hired in fiscal year 2010,
facility operators say the number is likely to: