Exercise Specialist Salary

Median pay for Exercise Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.14 per hour. Earnings sit near $12.08 per hour on the lower side but can approach $22.20 on the higher side. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Exercise Specialists. The majority of Exercise Specialists (64 percent) who took the survey are women. Although slightly more than a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$29,184 - $69,209
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$69K
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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For Exercise Specialists, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Exercise Specialists earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Exercise Physiologist.

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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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $33K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $38K. Exercise Specialists see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $52K on average.

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
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Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
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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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