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What Are the Pay Scales Around the Country?

Mar 01, 2001

How competitive are your wages? Compare your compensation to other facilities in the industry.

Average hours worked and compensation for the industry were reported in the January 2001 issue of IDEA Health & Fitness Source. These charts break down those results into regions. When looking at the numbers, consider that the region includes big cities and suburban areas, as well as small towns.

The percentage of survey respondents by geography are: northcentral 26%, west 26%, northeast 23%, south 21% and other (Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico) 5%. They work in multipurpose health clubs (26%), personal training studios (13%), group exercise studios (9%), fitness-only health clubs (8%), hospital fitness centers (8%), colleges/universities (7%), corporate fitness centers (7%), YMCA/ YWCA/JCCs (7%) and other locations (10%).

Surveys were mailed in April 2000 to managers and owners in IDEA’s business, program director and professional membership segments. There were 168 usable questionnaires returned, for a 22% response rate. At a 95% level of confidence, there is a ±7.5% margin of error. Questions about pay criteria and methods, continuing education and benefits were aided; all wage, salary and hours questions were unaided. An independent research firm collected and tabulated the data.

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