Health Club Owners and Managers



Health club owners and managers are responsible for the overall success of a fitness facility. Club owners buy, sell, and lease facilities, oversee top management, and play a role in the hiring and firing of staff. Club managers handle the daily operations of the club, such as hiring, training, and scheduling staff members, planning fitness programming, checking exercise equipment, and ensuring the safety and cleanliness of the club.

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Five or more years' experience in the fitness industry or running



Business Management


Personality Traits



Earnings for health club owners and managers depend on their experience and education, as well as the size of the facility. First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers (the category under which the U.S. Department of Labor classifies health club owners and managers) earned median annual salaries of $38,400in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,360, and the highe...

Work Environment

Health club owners and managers work in clean, comfortable surroundings. However, their jobs can be stressful and often require the ability to juggle many tasks at once. Managers and owners must constantly deal with the challenge of balancing the needs of staff members with the needs of the club's members—needs that may, at times, be at odds with each other.

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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for fitness trainers and instructors will grow by 13 percent through 2028, or much faster than the average for all careers. Employment for health club owners and managers should also be good, although fewer positions are available for managers and owners than there are for trainers and instructors. There were a total of 60.9 health club memb...