The average wage for a Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor is $18.41 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor Total Pay (?
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$19,574 - $48,165
(Median)
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48K
MEDIAN: $29,660
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Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor Total Pay (?
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$9.30 - $34.39
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$19,574 - $48,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
Commission
$100.67 - $49,665  
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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$19,640 - $70,795  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $34.39  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $38.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
Commission
$100.67 - $49,665  
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).
)
$19,640 - $70,795  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 296
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Job Description for Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor
A fitness trainer or aerobics instructor is typically either self-employed or works for a gym or private studio facility. Fitness trainers are responsible for both the health and well-being of their clients, as well as the equipment and the cleanliness of the workout facility. Daily activities may involve the planning and leadership of fitness sessions or classes, instructing individual clients on how to properly perform exercises and best utilize equipment, as well as help clients to tailor a workout routine to incorporate their individual abilities and best suit his or her skills. Additionally, a fitness trainer must also ensure a safe class environment by informing participants of necessary safety rules and monitoring participants throughout the class. As such, the trainer must constantly be at a state of peak physical and mental ability. They must be prepared to teach either classes or individual students, often with minimal breaks in between.
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Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor Tasks
  • Ensure a safe class environment, informing participants of safety rules and monitoring participants throughout the class.
  • Help participants tailor the class workout to their individual abilities.
  • Plan and lead sessions of fitness classes, teaching participants how to properly perform exercises and use equipment.
  • Make sure equipment is working properly and facilities are clean.

Experience Affects Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%
Experienced
up arrow 9%
National Average
$37,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 44 votes.
Gender
Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 79%
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