Personal Trainer Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Personal Trainer is $18.54 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience. A skill in Nutrition is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Personal Trainer Total Pay (?
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$19,079 - $59,663
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MEDIAN: $34,785
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Personal Trainer Total Pay (?
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$9.67 - $46.46
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$19,079 - $59,663  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,575  
Profit Sharing
$423.52 - $3,663  
Commission
$497.32 - $20,310  
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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$20,090 - $84,387  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,389
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $46.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.45 - $8.59  
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,575  
   
Commission
$497.32 - $20,310  
Profit Sharing
$423.52 - $3,663  
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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$20,090 - $84,387  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,389
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Job Description for Personal Trainer
A Personal Trainer has the responsibility of effectively helping a client achieve his or her personal fitness and health goals. A personal trainer must be a great motivator, have a great deal of patience, and make sure that the rapport between client and trainer remains on a positive level. The trainer must be able to motivate even the most mundane exerciser, as there are times when a client may not want to continue training, but a good trainer has to know how to keep the client going. A trainer has to come from the perspective of empathy, and also knows how to sympathize with the client, which in turn helps to build rapport. An effective personal trainer keeps well-documented data detailing the client's progress toward the goal. The trainer also has all information pertaining to the client, including height, weight, measurements, and medical history. A trainer knows how to adjust to a client's specific needs and should know how to make a detailed fitness plan so that the client can achieve his or her goals safely and effectively. Trainers can also provide the clients with a reward or incentive to make sure that the person stays on track with the program. A personal trainer keeps a tight schedule, primarily because wasted time is unproductive, but sometimes the work requires the trainer to be flexible according to the customer's desire. Additionally, a trainer also can make recommendations regarding the types of food a client may want to intake before and after training sessions. Lastly, an effective trainer is encouraging to his or her clients, which makes all the difference in their progress. A trainer can either work indoors at a fitness club, or have a change of environment and take the workouts outdoors. Trainers are usually certified by the ASE.
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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Pay Difference By Location
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$38,000

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$38,000
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Gender
Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 68%
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