Exercise Specialist Salary

Exercise Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.73 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Male Exercise Specialists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. The majority of Exercise Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,093 - $60,930
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MEDIAN: $37,668
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$12.47 - $21.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,093 - $60,930  
   
Bonus
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$26,373 - $52,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.47 - $21.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.33  
Overtime
$27.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$750  
   
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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$26,373 - $52,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 137

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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.

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Exercise Specialist Tasks

  • 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 transition into an upper level Exercise Physiologist position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Exercise Physiologist makes $38K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Specialist

Pay by Experience for an Exercise Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Exercise Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 139 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Exercise Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 41 salaries. An experienced Exercise Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 19 salaries. An Exercise Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 5 salaries.

Exercise Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Exercise Specialist?

Exercise Specialist in Rapid City:
"Fulfilling."
Pros: Helping people obtain a healthier more mobile lifestyle is amazing. I love helping those who need my help.
Cons: Grumpy people who really do not care to be there, and give you grief about everything.

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Key Stats for Exercise Specialist

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Exercise Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
▲53%

Experienced
▲30%

Mid-Career
▲13%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Skills That Affect Exercise Specialist Salaries

Rehabilitation
▲11%

National Average
$35,000

Health and Wellness
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 26%