The fitness sector is a hot one to be a part of right now. Not only are there plenty of options when it comes to choosing exactly how you’ll spend your working day, but the increase in gym memberships, budget gyms and the emergence of fitness technology, means there’s more money to be made than ever before.
According to the salary ranges on Glassdoor.com and the latest report from Payscale.com*, here are the current top-paying fitness jobs…
Director/Club Manager | £25,200
Health Club Managers are responsible for the smooth running of their club, keeping the members happy, the staff motivated, ensuring all health and safety requirements are met, that the club generates revenue plus all sales and marketing activity. Dependant on whether you manage a budget gym or a luxury health club, the salary will differ massively, though many health club managers will also benefit from bonuses against membership sales and club performance, boosting their earnings by as much as 10%.
Exercise Referral Specialist | £24,300
As a qualified Exercise Referral Specialist, you’ll work with clients with a range of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, mental health conditions and many more – focusing on how exercise can improve quality of life and help clients achieve their goals. You might work with NHS GPs, or with private hospitals (the second will most likely allow you to increase your earning potential).
Personal Trainer | £22,500
When it comes to earnings as a Personal Trainer, how long is a piece of string? Some Personal Trainers work as direct employees of a club, taking a fixed salary for a set number of hours. Others, will work on a freelance basis, paying a fee to the club and charging their own rate to clients. The latter allows you to earn as much as you like, providing you’re a good enough personal trainer and know how to work your referrals.
Yoga/Pilates Instructor | £20,000
If you’re qualified to teach groups as an Exercise To Music Instructor, you may decide to branch out into Yoga, Pilates or other holistic exercise techniques. You’re not bound to the fitness studio… yoga can be enjoyed outdoors in the local park, within local businesses or as part of your very own boot camp retreat.
Group Exercise / Aqua Instructor | £19,700
Group exercise has increased in popularity over the years, thanks to the camaraderie that comes with group exercise, plus the buzz we get from working out with friends. So as the increase continues, so does the need for group exercise instructors… in the studio, on the water, in the great outdoors…
Sports Coach | £17,200
Careers in sport are again a popular choice, thanks to the variety of roles emerging within the sporting arena. Sports coaches can expect to earn a good starting salary, increasing as they move into more senior roles with bigger, more premium sports teams. Fancy a career in sport? Take a look at your options.
Gym Instructor | £15,100
Most gym instructors are employed directly by a health club, and this is the entry level into a career as a Personal Trainer or fitness specialist. The salary is decent enough, higher if you work for a more premium brand. Though most gym instructors go on to develop their skills further in order to progress into a more profitable role.
Dance Fitness | £13,800
Group training allows you to train numerous clients at the same time, maximising your hourly fee. There are endless options for those that want to train groups of people. If you love music, choreograph and manage your own Exercise To Music classes. It’s been shown that music can have a positive effect on our exercise performance. Did someone say, ‘satisfied clients?’
Just getting started? Speak to our team about our range of personal trainer courses and get stuck into your fitness career. Ready when you are…
*Payscale report updated 9th September 2017