Exercise Specialist Salary

Earnings for Exercise Specialists in the United States come in at around $15.88 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.81 per hour, and the top verges on $22.68. Job satisfaction for Exercise Specialists is high. There are more female Exercise Specialists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,775 - $69,043
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$39K
$69K
MEDIAN: $38,814
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$11.81 - $22.68
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,775 - $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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$25,487 - $51,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $22.68  
   
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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$25,487 - $51,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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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 report a focused set of job skills. Rehabilitation and Health and Wellness are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $34K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $52K on average.

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Experience Affects Exercise Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 50%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Exercise Specialist Salaries

Rehabilitation
up arrow 13%

National Average
$35,000

Health and Wellness
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 26%
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