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Pay is just as varied as the different types of professions within this group. Lifeguards and ski patrolmen and women earned between $16,900 and $38,750 in 2012, according to the BLS. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors earned between $17,630 and $65,530. The best-paying cities for recreational workers include nature hot spots such as Anchorage, Alaska, and Ithaca, N.Y., while fitness trainers are paid well in big cities such as New York and San Francisco.

Job Salary Year
2004 $49,220.00
2006 $55,090.00
2008 $60,920.00
2010 $63,760.00
2012 $36,900.00

Average Recreation and Fitness Worker Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

Fitness trainers or aerobics instructors earn an average salary of about $36,900 – less money than many other Best Social Services Jobs. For example, mental health counselors and bus drivers both have higher salaries. On the other hand, many recreation and fitness workers are seasonal or part-time employees. And they do tend to earn more than hairdressers and security guards.

Job Name Salary
Patrol Officer $55,270.00
Elementary School Teacher $53,400.00
Child and Family Social Worker $41,530.00
Recreation and Fitness Worker $31,720.00
Sports Coach $28,360.00
Landscaper and Groundskeeper $23,570.00

Best Paying Cities for Recreation and Fitness Workers

The highest paid in the recreation and fitness worker profession work in the metropolitan areas of New York City, San Francisco, and Lowell, Massachusetts. The Trenton, New Jersey area also pays well, as does the city of Santa Rosa, California.

New York City

Average Salary: $65,810 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a recreation and fitness worker working in New York City is $65,810, which is $34,090 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $64,280 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a recreation and fitness worker working in San Francisco is $64,280, which is $32,560 more than the average pay in the profession.

Lowell, Massachusetts

Average Salary: $59,380 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a recreation and fitness worker working in Lowell, Massachusetts is $59,380, which is $27,660 more than the average pay in the profession.

Trenton, New Jersey

Average Salary: $57,830 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a recreation and fitness worker working in Trenton, New Jersey is $57,830, which is $26,110 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Rosa, California

Average Salary: $56,490 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a recreation and fitness worker working in Santa Rosa, California is $56,490, which is $24,770 more than the average pay in the profession.

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Last updated by Stephanie Steinberg.


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