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How Much Does a Fitness Instructor Earn In The United States?

Fitness Instructor Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$41,000
$28,000
$41,000
$58,000
Fitness instructors in the United States make an average salary of $41,006 per year or $19.71 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level fitness instructor salary is roughly $28,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $58,000. If you like following the crowd, education and hospitality companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out health care, education, and hospitality companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Vermont, Maine, New York, and Arizona provide the highest fitness instructor salaries.
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Where Fitness Instructors Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where fitness instructors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Fitness Instructors Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to California, Vermont and Maine, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for fitness instructors. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Alabama, Ohio, and Indiana.
Location
1. Los Angeles, CA
$57,597
Avg. Salary
$20k
$73k
2. Prescott, AZ
$49,158
Avg. Salary
$20k
$73k
3. Hoboken, NJ
$48,628
Avg. Salary
$20k
$73k
4. Portland, OR
$45,085
Avg. Salary
$20k
$73k
5. Chicago, IL
$44,580
Avg. Salary
$20k
$73k
6. Littleton, CO
$41,432
Avg. Salary
$20k
$73k

High Paying Fitness Instructor Jobs

Which Companies Pay Fitness Instructors The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like BENCHMARK and Oregon Health & Science University as they offer the highest salaries for fitness instructors.
Company
Avg. Salary
$20k
$49k
Avg. Salary
$20k
$49k
Avg. Salary
$20k
$49k
Avg. Salary
$20k
$49k
Avg. Salary
$20k
$49k

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    How Much Do Fitness Instructors Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, fitness instructor salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that health care, education, and hospitality companies tend to offer much higher salaries for fitness instructors. For example, fitness instructors make a whopping average salary of $40,233 while working for health care companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $39,899 at education companies and $38,994 at hospitality companies. But fitness instructors may want to avoid working in the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $28,008.
    1. Health Care
    $40,233
    Avg. Salary
    $24k
    $44k
    2. Education
    $39,899
    Avg. Salary
    $24k
    $44k
    3. Hospitality
    $38,994
    Avg. Salary
    $24k
    $44k
    4. Government
    $31,568
    Avg. Salary
    $24k
    $44k
    5. Non Profits
    $28,008
    Avg. Salary
    $24k
    $44k

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    $51,069
    $51,069
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    $41,740
    $41,740
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    Kansas City, MO
    01/20/2021
    01/20/2021
    $20,870
    $20,870
    01/20/2021
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    Saint Petersburg, FL
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    01/16/2021
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    $18,783
    $18,783
    01/16/2021
    Fitness Instructors
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    Aurora, CO
    Aurora, CO
    01/09/2021
    01/09/2021
    $41,740
    $41,740
    01/09/2021
    Water Fitness Instructor
    Water Fitness Instructor
    Davenport, IA
    Davenport, IA
    01/07/2021
    01/07/2021
    $20,870
    $20,870
    01/07/2021
    Fitness Instructor-Senior Programs
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    New London, WI
    New London, WI
    12/18/2020
    12/18/2020
    $27,131
    $27,131
    12/18/2020
    South Suburban Park & Recreation
    South Suburban Park & Recreation
    Fitness Instructor
    Fitness Instructor
    Fitness Instructor
    Centennial, CO
    Centennial, CO
    11/25/2020
    11/25/2020
    $41,740
    $41,740
    11/25/2020
    Fitness Instructor (20058061)
    Fitness Instructor (20058061)
    Roseville, CA
    Roseville, CA
    11/17/2020
    11/17/2020
    $54,262
    $54,262
    11/17/2020
    City of O'Fallon
    City of O'Fallon
    Fitness Instructor
    Fitness Instructor
    Fitness Instructor
    OFallon, MO
    OFallon, MO
    11/10/2020
    11/10/2020
    $41,740
    $41,740
    11/10/2020