An assistant pro at a golf facility could be considered one of the "worker bees" of the operation. It's not an entry-level position; many assistants started out as apprentices on the way to earning PGA professional certification. According to the PGA of America's job description, PGA assistant pros spend about half their time handing merchandise and inventory in the golf shop, running tournaments and maintaining handicap records.
Pay for assistant golf pros can vary, like any job, based on the economy of a given area. For comparison, salaryexpert.com's data from 10 urban areas across the U.S. in December 2010 shows a national average pay of £22,750. PayScale.com, also using December 2010 data, shows a pay range between £13,724 to £19,970.
As with any other job, the pay for an assistant pro can vary given the economy of a given area. In the SalaryExpert survey of 10 metropolitan areas, assistants in the Boston area earned the most, at an average of £27,623. Next were assistants in the Atlanta area at £26,990. At the low end of the averages were the Dallas and Houston areas, at £17,895 and £18,805, respectively.
Pay fell after the economic recession that began in 2008. In a Golf Digest survey in November 2006, assistants earned a median of 36,000 annually. By comparison, assistants in the PGA North Texas Section, which covers the Dallas-Fort Worth area, earned a median of £27,300 in 2006.
For a more updated look, some sites collect posts from those inside the golf industry. Glassdoor.com offers salary ranges for specific clubs, posted anonymously by employees and employers.
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