American head greenkeepers now earn, on average, more than 53,000 (English pounds) per year, according to new data, far higher than their British counterparts.

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s (GCSAA) Compensation and Benefits Report has found that head superintendents, the equivalent of head greenkeepers in the UK, have seen their salaries rise on average by 1.9 percent, or nearly £1,000, from 2011 to 2013, to £53,324 per year. This is despite American golf venues suffering from the similar economic pressures that British facilities have faced over the last six years.

The GCSAA started compiling the data in 1993, when the average salary was £28,737 per year – meaning wages have risen by 86 percent in the last 20 years.

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