General Manager, Fitness Club Salary (United States)

A typical Fitness Club General Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $42,191 annually. Pay ranges from $24,338 on the low end to $79,791 per year on the higher side. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission—peaking near $15,260, $10,256, and $20K, respectively—total cash payment to Fitness Club General Managers can bottom out near $24,338 or top out at around $79,791. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 43 percent are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by around one third. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 50 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
General Manager, Fitness Club Salary (?
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$23,640 - $76,590
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MEDIAN: $42,274
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General Manager, Fitness Club Salary (?
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$8.46 - $22.40
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$23,640 - $76,590  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,260  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,256  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,273  
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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$24,338 - $79,791  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.46 - $22.40  
   
Overtime
$12.33 - $19.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,260  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,256  
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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$24,338 - $79,791  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Microsoft Excel is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Sales. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for General Manager, Fitness Club

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Fitness Club General Managers with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $38K, increasing to $49K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $49,850 after one to two decades. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Fitness Club General Managers earning an average of $50K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$42,000
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With a pay rate for Fitness Club General Managers that is 42 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Fitness Club General Managers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+13 percent).

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Experience Affects General Manager, Fitness Club Salaries

Late-Career
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$42,000

Skills That Affect General Manager, Fitness Club Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 43%
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