The Average Pay for a Zumba Instructor

by Chris Newton; Updated September 26, 2017
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Zumba instructors combine a variety of dance styles in their fitness classes, including reggae, salsa, calypso and meringue, as well as traditional exercise moves such as knee lifts and squats. The majority of Zumba instructors work in health clubs, recreation centers or fitness centers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) classifies Zumba instructors under the category of fitness trainers and aerobics instructors. Salaries for instructors vary by class size, employer and experience, among other factors.

Employment Estimate and Mean Wage

The BLS reported that fitness trainers and aerobics instructors, including Zumba instructors, held an estimated 225,490 jobs in May of 2010. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors earned a mean hourly wage of $17.27 and a mean annual wage of $35,920 in 2010.

Hourly Wage

According to May 2010 BLS reports, fitness trainers and aerobics instructors earned a median hourly wage of $14.95. The lowest paid 10 percent of instructors earned an hourly wage of $8.21 or less, while instructors in the bottom 25th percentile earned an hourly wage of $9.55 or less. The highest paid 25 percent of fitness trainers and aerobics instructors earned an hourly wage of $22.18 or more, while the highest paid 10 percent earned an hourly wage of $30.48 or more.

Annual Wage

According to the BLS, fitness trainers and aerobics instructors earned a median annual wage of $31,090 in 2010. The lowest paid 10 percent earned an annual wage of $17,070 or less, while the lowest paid 25 percent earned $19,970 or less. The highest paid 25 percent earned $46,130 or more, while the highest paid 10 percent earned an annual wage of $63,400 or more.

Estimated Pay by State and Industry

The earnings for Zumba instructors, and fitness trainers and aerobics instructors in general, vary by state. According to BLS reports, the state of New York is the top-paying state for this occupation, with an hourly mean wage of $25 and an estimated annual wage of $52,000 as of 2010. Washington D.C. is also reported to be one of the top-paying areas for this occupation, with an hourly mean wage of $23.47 and annual mean wage of $48,810. The amusement and recreation industries have the highest levels of employment for this occupation. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors in amusement and recreation industries earn an hourly mean wage of $17.91 and annual mean wage of $37,250.

About the Author

Chris Newton has worked as a professional writer since 2001. He spent two years writing software specifications then spent three years as a technical writer for Microsoft before turning to copywriting for software and e-commerce companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado.

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