Originally Posted by JohnH
This makes me wonder what the single highest paid instructor in the US makes.
Anyone here willing and able to give us an idea?
OK: wacky though it may sound, my own Mom ran North America's highest-paying Ski School in the 1980s.
Now, that had little to do with senior -level instructor salary, and far more to do with the school having been the highest volume school in NA, and her peculiar pay structure for the staff.
A hard-working hustler could plan on 10 straight hours of level I classes on the average day. Group lessons were a 1-hr. event (the instuctors relied on hyper-animation of their lessons and a high rate of student movement) , and the core group of fulltimers received a base
salary of about $350 per week (which, exactly 20 years ago, was considerably more than it is now.), before
overtime pay. The average core, fulltime instructor brought in another good hundred or so in OT, per week, and further received incentive pay for request privates.
say the average fulltime core employee did 6 requests per week (being the resort was one hour from new york city, there were many wall st. day-trippers who were more-than-willing to pay for back-to-back privates in order to cut liftlines and perfect their form on NJ ice before their holidays in Vail or Deer Valley.) the core fulltimers typically started the day with a fe wprivates, then, when the school groups would come in, back-to-back teaching hours into 9 pm, quite often. so, factoring in the incentive pay per hr. on request privates (time and a half, which is common at many schools) and tips (it was commonplace to do over a hundred a day in tips, but we'll figure conservatively at $40- per day, giving us $240- ,cash, a week), and the enormous AM groups which the old playboy club resort, in it's second iteration, "The Americana", provided, a hard-working fulltimer could gross a good average of $750 a week, sometimes over a grand, which, back then, was righteous bucks.
The key was in keeping the part-time staff paid only for hours actually worked, and utilizing the fulltimers for the heavy-lifting.
That scxhool was an anomaly, however, due to it's peculiar situation in the greater NYC megalopolis.