Salary Guide: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors instruct groups in exercise activities. Excludes Athletic Trainers. Nationwide there are over 225,000 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors who earn an average salary of $35,920.

The most important step to becoming a Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor is certification. While there are many agencies that oversee certification, most require a high school diploma, CPR certification, and an examination. Certification usually lasts for two years. In order to advance to management positions, Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors usually need a bachelor’s degree in physical education, kinesiology, or exercise science, with a master’s degree sometimes required.

Explore Fitness Training and Aerobics education programs in your area or online.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $32,730
Alaska: $34,400
Arizona: $33,810
Arkansas: $26,530
California: $42,370
Colorado: $40,470
Connecticut: $41,420
Delaware: $30,640
District of Columbia: $48,810
Florida: $31,510
Georgia: $38,310
Hawaii: $33,240
Idaho: $30,200
Illinois: $34,730
Indiana: $32,190
Iowa: $24,160
Kansas: $29,070
Kentucky: $27,080
Louisiana: $27,180
Maine: $30,970
Maryland: $37,620
Massachusetts: $46,420
Michigan: $29,750
Minnesota: $29,360
Mississippi: $29,970
Missouri: $24,970
Montana: $27,760
Nebraska: $29,700
Nevada: $33,270
New Hampshire: $29,030
New Jersey: $44,410
New Mexico: $32,430
New York: $52,000
North Carolina: $29,470
North Dakota: $21,720
Ohio: $26,680
Oklahoma: $29,550
Oregon: $36,180
Pennsylvania: $27,690
Rhode Island: $35,490
South Carolina: $30,000
South Dakota: $23,790
Tennessee: $26,370
Texas: $36,770
Utah: $33,200
Vermont: $29,230
Virginia: $35,600
Washington: $38,530
West Virginia: $28,640
Wisconsin: $24,160
Wyoming: $22,490

Salaries for Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $61,400
2. Los Angeles: $41,940
3. Chicago: $35,930
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $40,660
5. Philadelphia: $29,970
6. Houston: $41,920
7. Washington DC: $41,760
8. Miami: $29,570
9. Atlanta: $42,250
10. Boston: $48,580
11. San Francisco: $50,900
12. Detroit: $28,570
13. Riverside: $36,290
14. Phoenix: $33,080
15. Seattle: $42,390
16. Minneapolis: $31,730
17. San Diego: $38,060
18. St. Louis: $24,800
19. Tampa: $32,640
20. Baltimore: $37,860

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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