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Fitness Specialist Salary

Median pay for Fitness Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.18 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.63 per hour and $21.71. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Fitness Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Fitness Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,894 - $47,339
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$25K
$32K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,561
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$10.63 - $21.71
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,894 - $47,339  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,946  
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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$23,219 - $47,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$10.63 - $21.71  
   
Overtime
$6.11 - $23.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,946  
   
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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$23,219 - $47,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107

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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 $6K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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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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National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 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: 69% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 30%
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