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.

$28,643 - $60,329
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MEDIAN: $36,689
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$12.62 - $22.61
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MEDIAN: $16.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,643 - $60,329  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$26,938 - $52,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.62 - $22.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.33  
Overtime
$13.04 - $31.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$26,938 - $52,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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

  • 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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Exercise Specialists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Exercise Physiologist. Median pay for Exercise Physiologists is $38K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Specialist

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.

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
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
059
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Exercise Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Exercise Specialist Salaries

Rehabilitation
up arrow 11%

National Average
$35,000

Health and Wellness
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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