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Sport and Active Leisure



Leisure Centre Assistants

  • Leisure centre assistants may start at around £12,500 a year and, with experience, up to around £19,000.
  • Earnings can be increased by overtime, shift and weekend duty payments.

 Leisure Centre Managers.

  • A new leisure centre manager may earn £17,000 to around £25,000, or more with experience.

 Health and Fitness Instructor

  • The starting salary for a health and fitness instructor may be around £13,000 a year but could go up to over £20,000 with experience.

Freelance fitness instructors working in a leisure centre may receive between £10 and £20 an hour, depending on the employer and level of expertise. Personal trainers offering one-to-one tuition can charge more.


  • Lifeguards working on a casual basis are usually paid between £6 and £10 an hour.
  • Starting salaries for full-time lifeguards are usually £11,500 to £15,000 with experience

Outdoor Activities Instructors

  • Outdoor activities instructors may start on around £12,000 a year.
  • Experienced instructors may earn about £16,000 and senior instructors with specialist skills may earn £25,000 or more.

Accommodation, personal equipment and food may be provided

Professional Sport

Pay rates vary widely. Very few sports professionals earn a full time living from their sport. Many are semi-professionals, competing at a high level, unpaid. Most individual sports professionals are self-employed. They might earn just a few thousand pounds each year, and have to pay for their travel, equipment and coaching. In team sports, individuals negotiate earnings with their club. Bonuses may be paid when their team wins.

Sport and Exercise Scientist

  • A qualified sport or exercise scientist may earn between £20,000 and £40,000 a year.
  • Those working at the highest level of competitive sport may earn £60,000, or more.

Sports Coach

  • Full time salaries can range from £12,000 to £20,000. Senior coaches working for a National Governing Body (NGB) or professional club may earn more.
  • Many sports coaches are unpaid volunteers.
  • Most coaches are paid an hourly rate, which varies from around £10 to £20 an hour.

 Sports Development Officer

  • Salaries can range from £20,000 to £35,000 and managers or heads of sports partnerships may earn up to £50,000.