Exercise Specialist Salary

The average Exercise Specialist in the United States earns approximately $15.88 per hour. Between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Exercise Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Exercise Specialists (68 percent) survey participants are women. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,480 - $69,043
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$69K
MEDIAN: $37,731
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$11.63 - $21.84
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,480 - $69,043  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,059  
Total Pay (?
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$25,099 - $50,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $21.84  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $31.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,059  
   
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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$25,099 - $50,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Specialist

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


For Exercise Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Exercise Specialists in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $34K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $35K. Exercise Specialists bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Exercise Specialist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $50K.

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Experience Affects Exercise Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 23%