The average Personal Trainer in the United States earns approximately $18.23 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Most Personal Trainers report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Personal Trainers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (62 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a third, and a little less than one-fifth earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,388 - $63,160
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$36K
$63K
MEDIAN: $36,124
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$9.86 - $46.62
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$20,388 - $63,160  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $10,161  
Profit Sharing
$265.00  
Commission
$198.66 - $27,181  
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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$20,764 - $85,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 667
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $46.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $6.42  
Overtime
$10.24 - $44.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$201.34 - $10,161  
   
Commission
$198.66 - $27,181  
Profit Sharing
$265.00  
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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$20,764 - $85,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,311
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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.

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While Personal Trainers rarely become Physical Therapists, the job pays $67K per year on average. Personal Trainers most often move into positions as Directors of Fitness & Wellness or General Managers of Fitness Clubs; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Trainer


LA Fitness, YMCA, 24 Hour Fitness Inc., Anytime Fitness, Inc., and Gold's Gym are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Personal Trainers. Although Self-Employed boasts the highest average salary in town at $57K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $30K or as much as $259K. Also paying near the top of the field are Lifetime Fitness Corporation at $52K, Equinox at $45K, and 24Hour Fitness, where Personal Trainers annually earn $45K.

Known for its small paychecks, Planet Fitness actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $26K — less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include LA Fitness at $29K, and Anytime Fitness, Inc. where $32K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Personal Trainers there earn up to $80K.

Popular Skills for Personal Trainer


Personal Trainers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Rehabilitation, Nutrition, Weight Loss/Weight Management, and Sports Nutrition are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Sales and Fitness also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Training indicates knowledge of Health and Wellness.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Trainer

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


Personal Trainers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $56K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $62K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $38,431

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With a pay rate for Personal Trainers that is 55 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+31 percent), Houston (+28 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Orlando and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively.

Personal Trainer Reviews

What is it like working as a Personal Trainer?

Personal Trainer in Arlington:
"It is the best job I've ever had."
Pros: Meeting new people everyday and making sales in a fast paced environment.
Cons: Early morning hours.

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Experience Affects Personal Trainer Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries



Weight Loss/Weight Management
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Sports Nutrition
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Training
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Health and Wellness
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National Average
$38,000

Certified Personal Trainer
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Personal Trainer
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Fitness
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Sales
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 71%
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