A Fitness Instructor earns an average wage of $19.53 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. A skill in Oral / Verbal Communication is associated with high pay for this job.

$20,729 - $59,206
(Median)
$21K
$35K
$59K
MEDIAN: $35,387
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$10.53 - $40.49
(Median)
$11
$20
$40
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$20,729 - $59,206  
   
Bonus
$1,400  
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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$21,957 - $81,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.53 - $40.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.14  
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,400  
   
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).
)
$21,957 - $81,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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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.

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Experience Affects Fitness Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 80%
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