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This section highlights research, reports, issue briefs, position statements and recommendations.

ICAA Salary & Benefits Survey 2015

The definitive guide to the roles, responsibilities and compensation of wellness staff working with older adults, the Salary & Benefits Survey 2015, sponsored by Precor, includes input from 17 positions, ranging from senior managers through directors, coordinators and instructors, and compensation for 11 job titles. A special section reports on the attitudes of workers toward their jobs. The survey includes the 36-page Industry Report and the 84-page profiles of key positions: wellness, activities, fitness and programs.


ICAA Salary & Benefits Survey 2011

Many professionals provide wellness services to older adults, and this survey explores their job titles plus work responsibilities--a key to organizational development. The responses of 760 professionals in the United States and Canada cover job titles, job responsibilities, compensation, benefits, years experience, education and other key indicators.

Topline results
The summary of all responses gives the big picture view of responsibilities and compensation in senior living communities (69% of respondents), seniors centers and government programs, parks and recreation, clubs and wellness centers. There are 14 job titles.


Final report
This analysis details each job title by type of workplace, responsibilities, compensation, education and experience. Comparisons are made to the 2008 ICAA Salary & Benefits Survey.


ICAA Research: Wellness Programs 2008

Drawing from three ICAA market surveys, this report describes wellness programs for older adults, identifies the organizations that provide wellness programs, and provides information on funding sources, program management, qualities of successful staff members and preferences for training and professional development.


ICAA Salary Survey Topline Results: Workplace, income and benefits in the active-aging industry 2008

The overview of results from the 2008 ICAA Salary & Benefits Survey, this summary presents education, hours worked, employment status, salary or hourly rate, and benefits. Reflecting the entire active-aging industry, the survey includes 20 job titles of professionals working in retirement communities, seniors housing, seniors centers, programs provided by government agencies and health clubs, Y's and wellness centers.


ICAA Workforce Profile: Characteristics of the workforce promoting active aging 2008

Who is making working with older adults a profession? A closer look at the professionals who completed the ICAA Salary & Benefits Survey, this report spotlights their years of work experience, job qualifications and education, supervisor’s title, hours worked and interest in staying or leaving their current jobs.


ICAA Organization Comparisons: Wellness program, demographics, benefits and compensation 2008

This cross tabulation of the ICAA Salary & Benefits Survey results compares wellness program funding, benefits offered, compensation and demographic information for (1) CCRC retirement communities; (2) IL and/or AL and/or NC and/or memory care retirement communities; (3) Active adult retirement communities and seniors housing (apartments, condos); (4) Area Agency on Aging or government agencies; (5) Seniors center, community parks and recreation; and (5) Health club, YMCA, YWCA, JCC, personal training studio and hospital, rehabilitation or wellness center.


ICAA Job Profiles: Qualifications, income and benefits 2008

The profiles include all the answers to the ICAA Salary & Benefits Survey questions for 10 job titles, including income, benefits, work location, education, qualifications, work experience, job history and intention to look for another job. Five job titles also include income by organization and geographic regions: activities director, fitness director.


Job titles:

Activities coordinator or assistant
Activities director, multiple locations
Fitness coordinator or assistant
Fitness trainer or specialist
Wellness coordinator or assistant
Activities director
Fitness director
Program manager
Wellness director
Wellness director overseeing multiple locations


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