General Manager, Fitness Club Salary

Pay for General Managers of Fitness Clubs in the United States sits in the ballpark of $44K per year. Total cash earnings of General Managers of Fitness Clubs range from $25K on the low end to $78K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $9K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. For the most part, General Managers of Fitness Clubs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by roughly one in three. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,095 - $74,547
(Median)
$25K
$44K
$75K
MEDIAN: $43,966
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$9.86 - $19.82
(Median)
$9
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$25,095 - $74,547  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,033  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $9,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $21,500  
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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$25,018 - $77,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $19.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.40  
Overtime
$18.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,033  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,500  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $9,000  
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).
)
$25,018 - $77,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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Job Description for General Manager, Fitness Club

General managers at fitness clubs provide general supervision for public gyms, commercial gyms and training facilities. They typically directly supervise a team of departmental managers or supervisors who oversee aspects of the club such as weight rooms, exercise and yoga classes, saunas and pools, and other areas of concern. The general manager typically helps provide overall direction and guidance to the club. He or she also may report to a regional director, executive or ownership board regarding the financial health of the club and ongoing operational initiatives.

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General Manager, Fitness Club Tasks

  • Meet with department heads and owner to facilitate communication of objectives, needs, and concerns.
  • Manage budget to maximize profits, overseeing the payroll and department expenditures.
  • Maintain a positive relationship between customers and the fitness club through effective communication and outreach.
  • Direct all aspects of the fitness club, including membership, front desk, facility maintenance, classes, and programs.
  • Set short and long term goals, plan future improvements and expansion.

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Popular Skills for General Manager, Fitness Club


General Managers of Fitness Clubs generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Sales also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for General Manager, Fitness Club

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For General Managers of Fitness Clubs, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $39K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. On average, General Managers of Fitness Clubs make $51K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $57K.

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Experience Affects General Manager, Fitness Club Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect General Manager, Fitness Club Salaries

Sales Management
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National Average
$44,000

Microsoft Excel
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Sales
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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