Fitness Specialist Salary

The average Fitness Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.28 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.70 per hour on the low end to $22.41 on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and a little more than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Fitness Specialists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,622 - $48,082

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$10.70 - $22.41

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,622 - $48,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
Total Pay (?
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$23,184 - $48,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.70 - $22.41  
   
Overtime
$6.32 - $22.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
   
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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$23,184 - $48,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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Job Description for Fitness Specialist

A fitness specialist is responsible for offering fitness training, advice, and motivation for their health-minded clients. This is position requires a high school diploma or equivalent, and applicants must display proven knowledge in exercise sciences (available through recognized athletic organizations, workshops, and seminars). Some organizations do require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in an area such as kinesiology, exercise science, or physical education. First-aid certification is generally required, as well.

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Fitness 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 Fitness Specialist


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While not commonly seen, Fitness Specialists who transition into a Fitness Club General Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for General Managers of Fitness Clubs is $42K per year. A common career progression for a Fitness Specialist is to become an Exercise Physiologist or a Director of Fitness & Wellness. Compared to Fitness Specialists, the first group earns $6K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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What is it like working as a Fitness Specialist?

Fitness Specialist in Minneapolis:
"Corporate Wellness."
Pros: I enjoy the creativity associated with corporate wellness and creating new health promotion programs.
Cons: It is a requirement to teach group fitness.

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Experience Affects Fitness Specialist Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 30%
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