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Exercise Specialist Salary

Exercise Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.87 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.82 per hour and $21.87. The majority of Exercise Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. There are more female Exercise Specialists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 62 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,661 - $69,043
(Median)
$30K
$37K
$69K
MEDIAN: $37,031
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$11.82 - $21.87
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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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$25,521 - $50,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.82 - $21.87  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $31.57  
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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$25,521 - $50,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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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Survey takers who work as Exercise Specialists usually report a few specific skills. Rehabilitation and Health and Wellness are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Health and Wellness.

Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Specialist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Exercise Specialists. 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 bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $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 26 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

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: 42% employee benefits None: 24%
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