Exercise Specialist Salary
Pay for Exercise Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $16.75 per hour. Although the larger part have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, approximately one in four claim no health benefits at all. Most Exercise Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Exercise Specialists making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Job Description for Exercise Specialist
Fitness specialists work primarily in gyms to help patrons stay in shape. Gyms may be corporate or commercial environments, and these specialists may work with clients one-on one-or in groups on cardio or weight-lifting activities, as well as provide fitness counseling.Read More...
When working with clients one-on-one, these specialists usually take fitness evaluations of clients to determine their abilities and endurance. From there, they work with clients and help them shape goals for the near and distant future. The goals will vary depending on clients' desires as well as their ages, and the specialist will guide and oversee personal or group training. It is important to be familiar with a variety of routings and techniques relating to fitness, and knowledge of nutrition is also important to help clients make healthy food choices and meal plans. Goals may also be modified as time goes on.
Fitness specialists should be in good physical shape to maintain a good example for clients and demonstrate the exercises in which they will partake. Strong customer service and communication skills are important in order to help clients succeed, and some jobs require graduation from a fitness instruction program and/or experience; entry-level positions are also available. Current BLS certification may be required by some employers.
Exercise Specialist Tasks
- Teach individuals or groups how to properly perform exercises and use exercise equipment.
- Monitor and chart customer's changes in fitness levels over a period of time.
- Design custom exercise and lifestyle plans for people of different ages and abilities.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $34K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $40K on average. Exercise Specialists see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $54K on average.
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