Earnings for Exercise Specialists in the United States come in at around $16.83 per hour on average. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Exercise Specialists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. Some workers in this field — about a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,187 - $61,042  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
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$27,197 - $52,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $22.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.33  
Overtime
$13.04 - $31.20  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$1,000  
   
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$27,197 - $52,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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.

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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.


Exercise Specialists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $34K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $40K. On average, Exercise Specialists make $42K following one to two decades on the job. Exercise Specialists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $54K.

Exercise Specialist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Exercise Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Exercise Specialist Salaries

Rehabilitation
up arrow 10%

National Average
$35,000

Health and Wellness
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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