Fitness Specialist Salary

Median pay for Fitness Specialists in the United States is around $14.14 per hour. Earnings sit near $10.59 per hour on the lower side but can approach $21.86 on the higher side. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Fitness Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Fitness Specialists making up 54 percent of survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,622 - $48,082
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$48K
MEDIAN: $32,409
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$10.59 - $21.86
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,622 - $48,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
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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$23,035 - $47,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$10.59 - $21.86  
   
Overtime
$6.32 - $22.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
   
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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$23,035 - $47,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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.

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Though not the most common occurrence, Fitness Specialists sometimes become General Managers of Fitness Clubs, where the average income is $42K per year. The most common next step for a Fitness Specialist is to become an Exercise Physiologist or a Director of Fitness & Wellness. The former position pays an additional $7K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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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

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National Average
$31,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 30%
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