Fitness Industry Compensation Trends Report
Results of 2013 IDEA Fitness Industry Compensation Trends Report Now Available
Industry jobs expected to grow through 2020, but compensation and benefits are stagnant or declining.
San Diego – December 17, 2013 – IDEA Health & Fitness Association, the leading membership organization of fitness, wellness and health professionals worldwide, has published the results of its 2013 IDEA Fitness Industry Compensation Trends Report. The report was compiled from the responses of 1,532 professionals and provides information on current wages in the fitness industry and gives details on benefits and on hiring and promotion criteria.
The survey covered a diverse cross-section of topics related to compensation from different fitness industry positions, including fitness/program directors, personal training directors, group exercise coordinators, personal trainers, fitness floor staff, group fitness instructors and yoga/Pilates instructors. The survey revealed that all nonsupervisory positions are above the national average ($20.06 per hour, April 2013) except the position of fitness floor staff, which averages $10.75 per hour (U.S. Department of Labor 2013c).
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, jobs in the fitness industry are expected to grow at the "faster than average" rate of 24% between 2010 and 2020. However some industry positions including personal trainers, fitness floor staff, Pilates or yoga instructors have experienced a decline in hourly pay according to IDEA’s report. The average hourly rate for personal training declined to $30.50 from $34 in 2010 and $34.75 in 2008.
“While the U.S. Labor statistics show robust growth in the industry, fitness professionals are facing increased competition and need to find ways to differentiate themselves from each other. With the decrease we are seeing in personal training costs, more consumers should be able to afford to take advantage of personal training sessions,” says Kathie Davis, co-founder and executive director of IDEA Health & Fitness Association.
In addition to reporting on current fitness wage and salary trends across various geographic regions, the survey also provides details and perspective on benefits as well as hiring, pay raise and promotion criteria. Highlights from the 2013 report include:
Detailed results from the 2013 IDEA Fitness Industry Compensation Trends Report are available to the media at http://www.ideafit.com/files/ifj201309-compensation-survey.pdf.
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