Exercise Specialist Salary

The average Exercise Specialist in the United States earns approximately $16.14 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $12.08 per hour and $22.20. The majority of Exercise Specialists (64 percent) who took the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,184 - $69,209
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MEDIAN: $37,754
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$12.08 - $22.20
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,184 - $69,209  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,061  
Total Pay (?
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$26,066 - $51,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $22.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.33  
Overtime
$13.00 - $38.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,061  
   
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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$26,066 - $51,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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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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Survey takers who work as Exercise Specialists typically report just a few professional skills. Rehabilitation and Health and Wellness are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Health and Wellness.

Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Specialist

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


For many Exercise Specialists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $38K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $33K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $52K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Exercise Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Exercise Specialist Salaries

Rehabilitation
up arrow 12%

National Average
$35,000

Health and Wellness
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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