Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for fitness instructors in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 92,610 fitness instructors currently employed in the United States.
  • 67.8% of all fitness instructors are women, while 32.2% are men.
  • The average age of an employed fitness instructor is 37 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of fitness instructors is White (77.0%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (10.0%), Black or African American (5.7%) and Asian (4.1%).
  • In 2021, women earned 97% of what men earned.
  • 10% of all fitness instructors are LGBT.
  • Fitness instructors are 47% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Fitness Instructor Statistics By Gender

67.8% of fitness instructors are women and 32.2% of fitness instructors are men.

  • Female, 67.8%
  • Male, 32.2%

Fitness Instructors By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female67.8%
Male32.2%

Gender Pay Gap For Fitness Instructor

Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$46,658
female-income
Female Income
$45,342

Fitness Instructor Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, camp boss and valet have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Infant Childcare Provider3%97%
Daycare Owner4%96%
Professional Nanny5%95%
Fitness Instructor32%68%
Intramural Director82%18%
Valet85%15%
Camp Boss88%12%

Fitness Instructor Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among fitness instructors is White, which makes up 77.0% of all fitness instructors. Comparatively, there are 10.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 77.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 10.0%
  • Black or African American, 5.7%
  • Asian, 4.1%
  • Unknown, 2.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.7%

Fitness Instructor Race

Fitness Instructor RacePercentages
White77.0%
Hispanic or Latino10.0%
Black or African American5.7%
Asian4.1%
Unknown2.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.7%

Fitness Instructor Wage Gap By Race

Asian fitness instructors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White fitness instructors have the lowest average salary at $45,437.
$48,000
$47,000
$46,000
$45,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$45,727
White$45,437
Black or African American$45,924
Asian$47,022
Hispanic or Latino$45,891

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Average Age of a Fitness Instructor

We determined the average age of fitness instructors based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Fitness Instructor Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown2739.5
White3140
Black or African American34.531
Asian3734
Hispanic or Latino3034.5

Fitness Instructor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of fitness instructor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of fitness instructors is 40+ years old, which represents 40% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Fitness Instructor Age

Fitness Instructor YearsPercentages
40+ years40%
30-40 years29%
20-30 years30%

Types of Fitness Instructor Degree Levels

The most common degree for fitness instructors is bachelor's degree 64% of fitness instructors earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 15% and rounding it off is master's degree with 8%.

  • Bachelors, 64%
  • Associate, 15%
  • Masters, 8%
  • High School Diploma, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 6%

Fitness Instructors By Education

Fitness Instructor DegreePercentages
Bachelors64%
Associate15%
Masters8%
High School Diploma7%
Other Degrees6%

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Fitness Instructor Wage Gap By Education

Fitness instructors with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $46,246 annually. With a Bachelors degree, fitness instructors earn a median annual income of $45,342 compared to $42,230 for fitness instructors with an Associate degree.
$49,000
$47,000
$45,000
$43,000
$41,000
$39,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$40,076
Master's Degree$46,246
Bachelor's Degree$45,342
Some College/ Associate Degree$42,230

Fitness Instructor Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where fitness instructors work. We found most fitness instructors work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most fitness instructors is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire fitness instructors.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Fitness Instructor Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees7%
50 - 100 employees6%
100 - 500 employees20%
500 - 1,000 employees15%
1,000 - 10,000 employees44%
> 10,000 employees8%

The Types Of Companies Fitness Instructor Work In

Employees with the fitness instructor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most fitness instructors prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Fitness Instructor Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education35%
Public8%
Private47%
Government9%

Top Industries Hiring Fitness Instructors

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ fitness instructors. Those industries include health care, non profits and government.

Education

Health Care

Government

Non Profits

Manufacturing

Fitness Instructor Turnover And Employment Statistics

The Average Number of Years That Fitness Instructor Stay in a Job

By looking over 10,990 fitness instructors resumes, we figured out that the average fitness instructor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 27%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Fitness Instructor Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year19%
1-2 years27%
3-4 years13%
5-7 years19%
8-10 years8%
11+ years13%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Fitness Instructors with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to fitness instructors.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Summer Nanny4.74%69,136
Personal Care Worker6.19%129,522
Therapeutic Recreation Assistant8.62%3,873
Doula9.75%6700.00%
Fitness Instructor10.02%
Dog Sitter10.47%67,682
Residence Director11.45%6,007

Fitness Instructor LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Summer Nanny4.74%69,136
Personal Care Worker6.19%129,522
Therapeutic Recreation Assistant8.62%3,873
Doula9.75%67
Dog Sitter10.47%67,682
Residence Director11.45%6,007

Foreign Languages Spoken By Fitness Instructors

The most common foreign language among fitness instructors is Spanish at 55.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 10.0% and Portuguese is the third-most popular at 4.1%.

  • Spanish, 55.5%
  • French, 10.0%
  • Portuguese, 4.1%
  • Russian, 3.9%
  • German, 3.7%
  • Other, 22.8%

Fitness Instructor Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish55.5%
French10.0%
Portuguese4.1%
Russian3.9%
German3.7%
Other22.8%

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Where Do Fitness Instructors Earn The Most?

Fitness instructors earn the most in California, where the average fitness instructor salary is $50,849. The map here shows where fitness instructors earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Fitness Instructors?

By looking through more than 10,990 resumes, we found that the most popular places for fitness instructors are New York, NY and Chicago, IL.

Number of Fitness Instructors

Number Of Fitness Instructor Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California2,128$50,849
2Texas1,052$40,512
3Florida887$31,507
4New York792$33,150
5Georgia781$28,236
6North Carolina732$30,291
7Virginia721$34,128
8New Jersey617$31,037
9Illinois601$31,226
10Pennsylvania557$27,679
11Colorado547$39,248
12Ohio500$20,664
13Michigan497$33,057
14Massachusetts429$34,454
15South Carolina404$21,825
16Oregon341$40,367
17Maryland341$39,238
18Minnesota301$36,396
19Washington298$36,600
20Arizona285$39,212
21Tennessee279$27,872
22Wisconsin224$24,618
23Indiana220$30,026
24Missouri198$26,796
25Iowa197$22,397
26Connecticut188$38,183
27Kentucky181$34,349
28Alabama175$32,030
29Louisiana160$32,461
30Utah159$34,989
31Nevada154$42,946
32Kansas124$28,967
33Oklahoma113$35,425
34Mississippi106$35,933
35New Mexico90$37,630
36Nebraska86$31,911
37Montana83$29,048
38Hawaii78$45,751
39Delaware76$34,062
40Rhode Island75$31,907
41West Virginia73$34,730
42New Hampshire71$35,616
43Alaska65$41,301
44Idaho63$26,544
45Arkansas59$27,555
46Wyoming52$34,658
47North Dakota48$34,563
48Maine46$32,727
49South Dakota45$27,255
50Vermont35$36,438
51District of Columbia33$37,499

Where Are Fitness Instructors In High Demand?

Fitness instructors are in high demand in Washington, DC. There are currently 12 job openings for fitness instructors here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country fitness instructors are in the most demand.

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Fitness Instructor Demographics FAQs

How Many Fitness Instructor Are There In The Us?

There are over 63,049 Fitness Instructors in the United States.

What Percentage Of Fitness Instructors Are Black?

5.7% of Fitness Instructors are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Fitness Instructors?

Most a are White, with 77.0% of Fitness Instructors belonging to this ethnicity. 10.0% of Fitness Instructors are Hispanic or Latino, 5.7% of Fitness Instructors are Black or African American, 4.1% of Fitness Instructors are Asian, 2.5% of Fitness Instructors are Unknown, and 0.7% of Fitness Instructors are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Fitness Instructor Jobs Male - Dominated ?

No, Fitness Instructor jobs are not male - dominated. 67% of Fitness Instructors are female, and 32% are male, so there are more female Fitness Instructors than male Fitness Instructors in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Fitness Instructor ?

The average Fitness Instructor is 37 years old. 40% of Fitness Instructors are 40+ years old or older, 29% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 30% are between 20-30 years old

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