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Exercise Specialist Salary

The average Exercise Specialist in the United States earns approximately $15.89 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.75 per hour and $21.87. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. The majority of Exercise Specialists (63 percent) who took the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,661 - $69,043
(Median)
$30K
$37K
$69K
MEDIAN: $37,031
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90%

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$11.75 - $21.87
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,661 - $69,043  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,077  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,470 - $50,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $21.87  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $31.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,077  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,470 - $50,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113

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Job Description for Exercise Specialist

  • Design custom exercise and lifestyle plans for people of different ages and abilities.
  • Monitor and chart customer’s changes in fitness levels over a period of time.
  • Teach individuals or groups how to properly perform exercises and use exercise equipment.

Common Career Paths for Exercise Specialist


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Exercise Specialists who go on to become Exercise Physiologists may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an Exercise Physiologist, an upper-level role, pays $37K.

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Exercise Specialists usually report a few specific skills. Rehabilitation and Health and Wellness are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Health and Wellness.

Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Exercise Specialists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $34K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $35K. Exercise Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Exercise Specialists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $51K.

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Experience Affects Exercise Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Exercise Specialist Salaries

Rehabilitation
up arrow 13%

National Average
$35,000

Health and Wellness
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 24%
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