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Recreation and Fitness Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of recreation and fitness workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of recreation and fitness workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of recreation and fitness workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The recreation and fitness workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Recreation and Fitness Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$55,710
75th Percentile Wage
$38,340
50th Percentile Wage
$25,800
25th Percentile Wage
$19,320
10th Percentile Wage
$17,470

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for recreation and fitness workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) recreation and fitness workers is $55,710. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,800. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,470. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 218% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Recreation and Fitness Workers vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Childcare Workers
$19,730
Personal Care Aides
$20,440
Recreation and Fitness Workers
$25,800
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
$34,980
Recreation Workers
$22,620
Residential Advisors
$24,340
Other Personal Care and Service Workers
$21,500

Table 3. Recreation and Fitness Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of recreation and fitness workers in 18 major industry sectors are shown in Table 3. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for recreation and fitness workers occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $41,680. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $21,620).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$41,680
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,660
Finance and Insurance
$38,100
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$31,530
Information
$31,010
Wholesale Trade
$29,800
Manufacturing
$29,000
Construction
$26,990
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$25,030
Health Care and Social Assistance
$24,650
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$24,450
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,810
Educational Services
$23,770
Retail Trade
$23,560
Federal, State, and Local Government
$23,460
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,330
Transportation and Warehousing
$22,040
Accommodation and Food Services
$21,620

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