Personal Trainer Salary

For Personal Trainers, hourly average wages total $18.82 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.83 per hour on the lower side but can approach $48.23 on the higher side. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one-fifth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Personal Trainers is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,640 - $59,586
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,417
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$9.83 - $48.23
(Median)
$9
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$48
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$19,640 - $59,586  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
Profit Sharing
$15.00 - $2,600  
Commission
$204.26 - $20,511  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,429 - $84,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 665
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $48.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $7.34  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
   
Commission
$204.26 - $20,511  
Profit Sharing
$15.00 - $2,600  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,429 - $84,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,556
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Job Description for Personal Trainer

Personal trainers are people who work in one-on-one situations with clients who wish to improve their physical fitness and/or athletic abilities. They may work with professional or amateur athletes to help them fine-tune their bodies, but are more often found working with non-athletes who are simply trying to get in better physical condition. Personal trainers may also individualize training procedures for each of their clients.

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Personal Trainer Tasks

  • Develop rapport with clients to maintain a consistent customer base.
  • Provide client fitness evaluations and assessments.
  • Design individualized training programs for clients.
  • Ensure safe and effective equipment use.

Common Career Paths for Personal Trainer


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Personal Trainers often transition into Physical Therapist positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Physical Therapists earn $65K per year. It is quite typical for Personal Trainers to transition into roles as General Managers of Fitness Clubs or Directors of Fitness & Wellness, where reported median earnings are $4K and $2K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Trainer


YMCA, Gold's Gym, 24 Hour Fitness Inc., LA Fitness, and Self-Employed are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Personal Trainers. Self-Employed offers the largest salaries in town ($76K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $32K to $206K. Personal Trainers will also find cushy salaries at Equinox (+$45K), Gold's Gym (+$40K), and 24 Hour Fitness Inc. (+$34K).

Planet Fitness pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $23K, 234 percent lower than the top payer. Other low-paying employers include Anytime Fitness, Inc. at $26K and LA Fitness at $30K, though some Personal Trainers there earn up to $52K.

Popular Skills for Personal Trainer


Personal Trainers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Nutrition, Weight Loss/Weight Management, Rehabilitation, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Those familiar with Training also tend to know Health and Wellness.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Trainer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $47K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Personal Trainers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $58K. Personal Trainers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Personal Trainers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 92 percent above the national average. Personal Trainers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+57 percent), Houston (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+27 percent), and Austin (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 20 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Boston and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Personal Trainer Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries




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National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 335 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 70%
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