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General Manager, Fitness Club Salary (United States)

General Managers of Fitness Clubs in the United States can expect to earn an average of $43K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although just over two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. Women make up a slight majority of General Managers of Fitness Clubs (52 percent) survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
General Manager, Fitness Club Salary (?
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$23,740 - $73,431
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MEDIAN: $42,918
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General Manager, Fitness Club Salary (?
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$8.14 - $22.45
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$23,740 - $73,431  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,456  
Profit Sharing
$1,400 - $9,887  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,000  
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).
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$24,105 - $77,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $22.45  
   
Overtime
$14.77 - $18.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,456  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,400 - $9,887  
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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$24,105 - $77,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for General Manager, Fitness Club

The general manager, fitness club or general managers of a fitness club's position is the highest position at an individual location dealing in fitness such as a gym. General managers of fitness clubs must have a great deal of knowledge in exercise, health, and fitness. They must also be able to develop entertaining and unique programs to keep customers motivated to join or come back.
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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

Survey results show that General Managers of Fitness Clubs use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sales. 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 many General Managers of Fitness Clubs, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. General Managers of Fitness Clubs who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $55K.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Chicago
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National Average
$43,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Home to some of the best pay for General Managers of Fitness Clubs, New York offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. General Managers of Fitness Clubs will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+12 percent).

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Experience Affects General Manager, Fitness Club Salaries

Late-Career
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$43,000

Skills That Affect General Manager, Fitness Club Salaries

Microsoft Word
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$43,000
Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 43%