The average rate for a Fitness Instructor is $17.41 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Fitness Instructor Total Pay (?
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$17,344 - $49,833
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MEDIAN: $30,252
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Fitness Instructor Total Pay (?
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$9.54 - $33.80
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$17,344 - $49,833  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $596  
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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$19,126 - $66,324  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.54 - $33.80  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $596  
   
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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$19,126 - $66,324  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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Job Description for Fitness Instructor
A fitness instructor uses safe and proven training methods help individuals reach their fitness goals. The individual should be able to adapt their training programs to meet the different and varied needs of each client. In addition to having the motivation and enthusiasm to help the client reach their goals, the trainer should also have a large, relevant technical background. This background should include knowledge of a wide variety of exercises that target each individual muscle and muscle group. This must include proper form and technique to prevent injury, as well as to ensure safe performance by clients when unsupervised. In addition to a strong foundation in fitness, a fitness instructor must possess a strong background in nutrition.
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Fitness Instructor Tasks
  • Ensure a safe class environment, informing participants of safety rules and monitoring participants throughout the class.
  • Help participants tailor the class workout to their individual abilities.
  • Plan and lead sessions of fitness classes, teaching participants how to properly perform exercises and use equipment.
  • Make sure equipment is working properly and facilities are clean.
Pay by Experience Level for Fitness Instructor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience Affects Fitness Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%
Experienced
up arrow 17%
Mid-Career
up arrow 9%
National Average
$36,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 7%
Job Satisfaction
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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 42 votes.
Gender
Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 10%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 86%
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