Becoming a Fitness Professional via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Penn Foster Career School, one of the highest ranking online schools, is a US school (accredited) offering fitness courses to train individuals to become top-notch fitness professionals, sports trainers, fitness trainers, fitness instructors, group fitness instructors, fitness coordinators, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 228,170 people employed as fitness trainers and aerobics instructors alone in America, and their average annual salary is $35,340. Training and development managers make on average $94,360 per year and there are about 29,320 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Penn Foster Career School that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Fitness Professional Salary Information

Category: Training and development managers

Total # Employed in the US 29,320
Average Hourly Wage: $45.37/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$23.83 $31.69 $42.35 $55.3 $70.59
Average Yearly Salary $94,360
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$49,560 $65,910 $88,090 $115,020 $146,820
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
2.3% 12.5% 21.7% 7.4% 36.3% 17.8% 2.0%
Training and development managers — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
District of Columbia $58.53/hr $121,740
Oklahoma $58.28/hr $121,230
North Dakota $55.69/hr $115,840
Missouri $52.35/hr $108,890
Connecticut $50.76/hr $105,590
Oregon $50.39/hr $104,810
Florida $49.89/hr $103,760
Colorado $49.61/hr $103,180
Nebraska $49.31/hr $102,560
Mississippi $48.2/hr $100,260
Virginia $46.78/hr $97,310
Utah $46.52/hr $96,770
Delaware $45.82/hr $95,300
Idaho $44.73/hr $93,040
North Carolina $44.61/hr $92,780
South Carolina $44.57/hr $92,710
Wyoming $43.77/hr $91,040
Hawaii $43.49/hr $90,450
Kansas $42.91/hr $89,250
Tennessee $42.69/hr $88,790
Montana $41.44/hr $86,200
Maine $41.13/hr $85,550
Pennsylvania $40.62/hr $84,480
New Hampshire $40.58/hr $84,410
New Mexico $40.29/hr $83,800
Guam $38.1/hr $79,250
Washington $37.36/hr $77,710
New York $37.3/hr $77,580
California $37.26/hr $77,490
Arkansas $37.07/hr $77,100
Alabama $36.84/hr $76,640
Alaska $36.44/hr $75,800
Louisiana $36.26/hr $75,420
Kentucky $36.14/hr $75,160
Nevada $35.83/hr $74,520
Michigan $35.73/hr $74,310
Wisconsin $33.92/hr $70,560
Maryland $33.23/hr $69,120
Indiana $32.36/hr $67,300
Massachusetts $32.01/hr $66,590
South Dakota $30.6/hr $63,650
Ohio $30.57/hr $63,590
Iowa $29.2/hr $60,730
New Jersey $28.74/hr $59,780


Category: Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary

Total # Employed in the US 16,850
Average Yearly Salary $60,580
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$28,960 $40,020 $55,370 $76,650 $101,350
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.2% 0.7% 2.7% 2.3% 15.3% 34.6% 44.2%
Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Alabama - $56,500
Arkansas - $32,800
California - $49,790
Colorado - $88,580
Connecticut - $47,540
Delaware - $67,640
Florida - $59,110
Hawaii - $55,730
Idaho - $53,550
Kansas - $47,730
Kentucky - $55,770
Louisiana - $63,560
Maine - $48,550
Maryland - $54,860
Massachusetts - $51,260
Michigan - $54,580
Mississippi - $64,840
Missouri - $59,700
Montana - $68,960
Nebraska - $55,170
Nevada - $49,560
New Hampshire - $47,510
New Jersey - $47,380
New Mexico - $48,060
North Carolina - $74,040
North Dakota - $58,980
Ohio - $50,780
Oklahoma - $62,900
Oregon - $55,470
Pennsylvania - $51,490
South Carolina - $52,670
Tennessee - $77,400
Utah - $66,670
Washington - $57,540
West Virginia - $55,600
Wisconsin - $42,250
Wyoming - $54,670
Guam - $62,600
Puerto Rico - $50,370


Category: Athletic trainers

Total # Employed in the US 15,260
Average Yearly Salary $44,020
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$25,510 $33,810 $41,340 $51,310 $65,140
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.1% 11.9% 16.7% 8.4% 39.1% 20.7% 2.1%
Athletic trainers — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Alabama - $39,920
Arkansas - $39,140
California - $42,480
Colorado - $46,650
Connecticut - $41,550
Delaware - $62,590
Florida - $72,910
Hawaii - $45,970
Idaho - $41,750
Indiana - $46,360
Iowa - $43,890
Kansas - $46,820
Kentucky - $43,600
Louisiana - $37,880
Maine - $41,670
Maryland - $37,840
Massachusetts - $29,720
Michigan - $46,140
Mississippi - $45,310
Missouri - $49,070
Montana - $44,580
Nebraska - $44,130
Nevada - $39,790
New Hampshire - $43,430
New Jersey - $30,740
New Mexico - $39,460
New York - $49,900
North Carolina - $47,730
North Dakota - $52,000
Ohio - $28,450
Oklahoma - $47,600
Oregon - $40,290
Pennsylvania - $37,900
South Carolina - $42,860
South Dakota - $36,380
Tennessee - $50,420
Utah - $38,330
Virginia - $50,510
Washington - $38,630
West Virginia - $35,870
Wisconsin - $45,410
Wyoming - $45,870
Guam - $58,920
Puerto Rico - $43,230


Category: Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors

Total # Employed in the US 228,170
Average Hourly Wage: $16.99/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.9 $9.55 $14.74 $21.98 $29.86
Average Yearly Salary $35,340
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16,430 $19,860 $30,670 $45,720 $62,120
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
3.5% 20.1% 25.1% 9.7% 32.5% 8.0% 1.1%
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Oklahoma $23.48/hr $48,830
Florida $21.91/hr $45,570
Missouri $21.84/hr $45,430
North Dakota $20.38/hr $42,400
Colorado $19.7/hr $40,980
Delaware $19.51/hr $40,570
Guam $18.88/hr $39,270
Tennessee $18.81/hr $39,130
Connecticut $18.5/hr $38,470
New York $17.88/hr $37,190
Idaho $17.58/hr $36,570
Mississippi $17.55/hr $36,510
Kansas $17.32/hr $36,020
Wyoming $16.85/hr $35,050
Arkansas $16.77/hr $34,880
Hawaii $16.28/hr $33,870
Alaska $16.04/hr $33,360
Indiana $15.48/hr $32,200
Ohio $15.41/hr $32,060
Alabama $15.17/hr $31,560
Washington $14.94/hr $31,070
Puerto Rico $14.91/hr $31,000
Oregon $14.84/hr $30,860
North Carolina $14.74/hr $30,660
Kentucky $14.2/hr $29,530
New Mexico $14.2/hr $29,540
Virginia $14.19/hr $29,510
Nevada $13.93/hr $28,970
Maine $13.9/hr $28,900
South Dakota $13.86/hr $28,830
Michigan $13.82/hr $28,730
New Jersey $13.49/hr $28,070
California $13.44/hr $27,950
Maryland $13.43/hr $27,930
Montana $13.28/hr $27,630
Utah $13.22/hr $27,490
Iowa $13.14/hr $27,330
Nebraska $13.05/hr $27,140
District of Columbia $13.05/hr $27,150
South Carolina $12.7/hr $26,420
Massachusetts $12.69/hr $26,400
New Hampshire $12.55/hr $26,110
Wisconsin $12.3/hr $25,590
Louisiana $11.9/hr $24,750
West Virginia $11.04/hr $22,970
Pennsylvania $10.36/hr $21,560


Category: Recreation workers

Total # Employed in the US 286,230
Average Hourly Wage: $12.04/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.73 $8.72 $10.71 $13.97 $18.35
Average Yearly Salary $25,040
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16,070 $18,130 $22,280 $29,060 $38,170
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
3.5% 20.1% 25.1% 9.7% 32.5% 8.0% 1.1%
Recreation workers — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Florida $17.68/hr $36,760
Indiana $15.77/hr $32,800
Alaska $15.28/hr $31,790
Delaware $14.45/hr $30,050
Missouri $13.67/hr $28,440
Puerto Rico $13.61/hr $28,310
Iowa $13.5/hr $28,080
Tennessee $13.21/hr $27,470
Connecticut $12.93/hr $26,890
Oklahoma $12.85/hr $26,730
Arkansas $12.67/hr $26,350
North Carolina $12.58/hr $26,160
Mississippi $12.52/hr $26,050
Colorado $12.39/hr $25,770
Utah $12.39/hr $25,760
Michigan $12.37/hr $25,730
Idaho $12.14/hr $25,260
Nebraska $12.12/hr $25,200
District of Columbia $12.11/hr $25,190
West Virginia $12.11/hr $25,190
Oregon $12.06/hr $25,080
Guam $11.9/hr $24,740
North Dakota $11.89/hr $24,740
New York $11.86/hr $24,660
Maryland $11.76/hr $24,460
Ohio $11.75/hr $24,430
New Jersey $11.74/hr $24,420
Kentucky $11.72/hr $24,370
Virginia $11.71/hr $24,360
Hawaii $11.58/hr $24,080
Kansas $11.52/hr $23,960
Maine $11.43/hr $23,780
Montana $11.36/hr $23,620
Wisconsin $11.32/hr $23,550
Nevada $11.17/hr $23,230
Washington $11.1/hr $23,080
South Carolina $11.05/hr $22,970
Alabama $11.01/hr $22,910
Massachusetts $10.98/hr $22,840
Louisiana $10.89/hr $22,660
Pennsylvania $10.84/hr $22,550
New Hampshire $10.76/hr $22,370
Wyoming $10.67/hr $22,200
New Mexico $10.51/hr $21,860
California $10.4/hr $21,640
South Dakota $10.18/hr $21,180


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