Personal Trainer Salary

Personal Trainers in the United States take home approximately $18.66 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $9.87 per hour and $48.59. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. There are more male Personal Trainers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 61 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and just under a fifth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,982 - $61,147
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$61K
MEDIAN: $35,785
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$9.87 - $48.59
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$49
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$19,982 - $61,147  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,079  
Profit Sharing
$431.00  
Commission
$302.01 - $30,639  
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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$20,635 - $85,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 784
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $48.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $6.76  
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.74  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,079  
   
Commission
$302.01 - $30,639  
Profit Sharing
$431.00  
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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$20,635 - $85,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,711
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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 don't often assume a higher-end position such as a Physical Therapist. Employees in that role get paid an average $66K per year. The most common next step for a Personal Trainer is to become a Fitness Club General Manager or a Director of Fitness & Wellness. The former position pays an additional $3K per year on average, and the latter position pays $2K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Trainer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Personal Trainers include YMCA, Gold's Gym, LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness Inc., and Anytime Fitness, Inc. The biggest paychecks can be found at Self-Employed — the median salary there is $76K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $32K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $206K. Also paying near the top of the field are Equinox at $45K, Gold's Gym at $40K, and 24Hour Fitness, where Personal Trainers annually earn $36K.

Planet Fitness pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $25K, 203 percent lower than the top payer. Other low-paying employers include Anytime Fitness, Inc. at $29K and LA Fitness at $30K, though some Personal Trainers there earn up to $51K.

Popular Skills for Personal Trainer


Survey results show that Personal Trainers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Rehabilitation, Nutrition, Weight Loss/Weight Management, and Health and Wellness are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Most people skilled in Training are similarly competent in Health and Wellness.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Trainer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Personal Trainers. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $47K. Personal Trainers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $55K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $60K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,698

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Personal Trainers, 68 percent higher than the national average. Personal Trainers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+25 percent), Austin (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Personal Trainers in Indianapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Boston (10 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Personal Trainer Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries



Weight Loss/Weight Management
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Training
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Health and Wellness
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Sports Nutrition
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National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 297 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 70%
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