According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook is bright for “fitness workers.” The agency anticipates growth of about 24% from 2010 to 2020. Despite this outlook, however, a report from US News suggests that things are not 100% rosy when it comes to compensation.

The report looked at average salary, number of job openings, job satisfaction and unemployment rates. It found that the median pay for a fitness worker in 2010 was $31,090—a full $10,000 less than the national average median wage. The good news is that there are projected to be about 124,700 job openings over the period 2010–2020 and overall job satisfaction is rated as high. The openings will be for the entire umbrella category of “recreation and fitness workers.”

Curious where you fall on the pay scale within your specific position in the fitness industry? Check out the “2010 IDEA Fitness Industry Compensation Trends Report” in the January 2011 issue of IDEA Fitness Journal.