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Fitness Specialist Salary (United States)

Hourly pay for Fitness Specialists in the United States typically comes in around $14.39 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, most have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Men working as Fitness Specialists just barely outnumber women at 51 percent. Work is enjoyable for Fitness Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Fitness Specialist Salary (?
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$24,835 - $46,309
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MEDIAN: $30,827
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Fitness Specialist Salary (?
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$10.58 - $20.37
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,835 - $46,309  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,622  
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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$23,264 - $45,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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Hourly Rate
$10.58 - $20.37  
   
Overtime
$6.39 - $29.59  
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$0.00 - $1,622  
   
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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$23,264 - $45,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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Job Description for Fitness Specialist

  • 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Fitness Specialists sometimes become General Managers of Fitness Clubs, where the average income is $42K per year. Fitness Specialists typically move into roles as Exercise Physiologists or Directors of Fitness & Wellness, and those positions pay $6K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Pay Difference By Location

Philadelphia
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National Average
$31,000
Kansas City
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Although Fitness Specialists working in Philadelphia have incomes that are slightly above the national average, geography doesn't actually seem to affect pay that much.

Fitness Specialist Reviews

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

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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$31,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 27%