Group Exercise Coordinator Salary and Compensation Guide

Apr 14, 2011

Group Exercise Coordinators have managerial duties—such as hiring, training and supervising group exercise instructors—but they may also teach classes on a regular basis. Group exercise coordinators are employed by 19% of the facilities surveyed in 2010 IDEA Fitness Industry Compensation Trends Report.

We continue to see a decline in salaried employees in this category (50% in 2006, 47% in 2008 and 44% in 2010), while the rest are compensated by hourly wages (35%) or on the basis of classes or sessions offered (22%). Salaried coordinators work more hours per week (37 hours), on average, than those paid otherwise (25 hours).

The hours worked by both salaried group exercise coordinators and those who are compensated otherwise have increased since the 2008 survey (31 hours and 20 hours, respectively). Benefits (available to 63% in both 2010 and 2008) and education funds (available to 66% in 2010 and 64% in 2008) remain strong for group exercise coordinators; however, cash incentives have dropped dramatically (from 28% in 2008 to 9% in 2010).

The average group exercise coordinator salary rose in 2010; it is now $37,538, compared with $33,364 in 2008 ($33,810 when adjusted for inflation) and $29,124 in 2006 ($31,519 when adjusted for inflation). As noted earlier, about 40% of group exercise coordinators may augment their pay by teaching extra classes.

Group Exercise Coordinator Job Description & Stats

A group exercise coordinator hires, trains and supervises group exercise instructors; schedules classes and teachers; may teach classes; follows budget.

Employment Status
independent contractor9

Payment Methods
per hour35
per class/session22
per participant0

  • 74% of directors/coordinators teach classes/sessions in addition to management responsibilities.
  • 40% of directors/coordinators are paid separately for classes/sessions taught.

Position Perks
cash incentives9
education fund66

Pay by Hour, Class or SessionHours per Week
(n = 28)
Hourly Rate
(n = 28)

Pay by Salary Hours per Week
(n = 19)
(n = 13)

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