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Community Managers Compensation Steadily Increases Since 2013

11/14/2017  -  Falls Church, VA

According to the 2017 salary survey released by the Foundation for Community Association Research, managers earning professional designations and certifications expand earning potential

Community association managers who have achieved certifications and designations have more earning power than those who have not, according to the new, 2017 Community Association Manager Compensation and Salary Survey, released today by the Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR). For more than 20 years, the Foundation has served as the research arm for Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading international authority in community association education, governance, and management.

The Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) credential and CAI designations, such as Association Management Specialist (AMS), Large-Scale Manager (LSM), and Professional Association Manager (PCAM), represent an investment of time, effort, and resources that is increasingly recognized in the employment market. The new report shows, high-rise managers who hold a PCAM designation earn an average annual salary of $97,664 compared to $92,171 for those without the designation and on-site managers with a PCAM designation report an average salary of $95,618 compared to $61,475 for those without.

The survey results also indicate that managers, even management company CEOs, who have achieved a PCAM or LSM could earn as much as 10 to 20 percent more than other managers or CEOs. Additionally, nearly two-thirds of the respondents were female (62.4%), as the new research shows across the profession, more females are moving into manager positions at larger communities.

Survey findings include:

• Nearly two-thirds of respondents—an increase from past surveys—are employed by a management company rather than by a homeowners association.

• Mo​​re than half (51.7 percent) of respondents report having an employment contract or agreement, which is a significant increase from the 2013 survey (43.3 percent).

• Overall, respondents are slightly more educated than previous surveys indicated, with fewer high school-only graduates and more managers reporting at least some college-level education.
• Eighty-two percent of respondents say that business prospects for their employers are “good" or “very good" for the next couple of years. Almost all other respondents believe that business prospects remain about the same.

“Historically, community managers stumbled upon the community association profession, and we're now witnessing through education that more of the workforce is choosing to enter this growing field," says David Jennings, CAE, SPHR, the Foundation's executive director. “There are many factors that influence compensation decisions for specific people in specific regions, and we're confident this new report will serve as an essential guide for employers and employees when determining compensation packages in the community association management field."

The 2017 Community Association Manager Compensation and Salary Survey is the sixth salary survey conducted by the Foundation since 2000. Each edition provides a snapshot of the community association management profession and expands our understanding of this growing and dynamic industry. The Foundation modeled the 2017 report largely on the 2013 edition and once again focused on the following roles: chief executive officer (CEO) of a management company, portfolio manager, onsite manager, high-rise manager, assistant community manager, and large-scale manager.

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