Fitness Specialists in the United States take home an average $15.23 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Fitness Specialists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (62 percent) are men. The majority of Fitness Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$10.27 - $21.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,832 - $49,439  
   
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$22,740 - $46,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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$0$8$16$24
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$10.27 - $21.96  
   
Overtime
$18.00  
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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$22,740 - $46,679  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 85

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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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While Fitness Specialists do not often become General Managers of Fitness Clubs, the job pays $42K per year on average. Fitness Specialists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Exercise Physiologists or Directors of Fitness & Wellness. The median paychecks in those roles are $5K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Fitness Specialist

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
062
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Fitness Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Fitness Specialist Salaries

National Average
$33,000

Personal Trainer
up arrow 2%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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