Personal Trainer Salary

Pay for Personal Trainers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.47 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Just under a third enjoy medical while slightly less than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to an eighth. The majority of Personal Trainers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 62 percent of Personal Trainers are male. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,803 - $70,963
$21K
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MEDIAN: $37,473
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$9.98 - $49.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$20,803 - $70,963  
   
Bonus
$246.58 - $10,067  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
Commission
$102.13 - $29,590  
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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$21,070 - $91,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 640
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $49.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.42 - $5.84  
Overtime
$11.88 - $45.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$246.58 - $10,067  
   
Commission
$102.13 - $29,590  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$21,070 - $91,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,224

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Personal Trainer


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For Personal Trainers, transitioning into a Physical Therapist role — where the average salary $67K per year — is a rare occurrence. Personal Trainers most often move into positions as General Managers of Fitness Clubs or Directors of Fitness & Wellness; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Trainer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Personal Trainers, YMCA, LA Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Inc., 24 Hour Fitness Inc., and Gold's Gym are leading firms in the industry. Personal Trainers flock to Self-Employed for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $57K lead the pack in compensation; however, Self-Employed also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $30K at one end to $259K at the other end. Crunch Fitness, Lifetime Fitness Corporation, and Equinox also offer top salaries for Personal Trainers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $52K, $52K, and $45K, respectively.

With a median salary of $23K, Planet Fitness provides Personal Trainers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $32K, limiting employee salary growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include In-Shape Health Clubs, Inc. at $27K, and LA Fitness where $29K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Personal Trainers there earn up to $50K.

Popular Skills for Personal Trainer


Survey takers working as Personal Trainers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Pilates, Rehabilitation, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 8 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Sales and Personal Trainer also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Training tend to be well versed in Health and Wellness.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Trainer

Pay by Experience for a Personal Trainer has a positive trend. An entry-level Personal Trainer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 1,360 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Personal Trainer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 427 salaries. An experienced Personal Trainer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 277 salaries. A Personal Trainer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 87 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,175

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

For Personal Trainers, New York provides a pay rate that is 56 percent greater than the national average. Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+31 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). Personal Trainers in Orlando report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Indianapolis (19 percent less).

Personal Trainer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Personal Trainer

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 165 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Personal Trainer Salaries

▲54%

▲41%

▲21%

National Average
$39,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries

Pilates
▲33%


Training Program Development
▲7%

▲5%


▲1%



National Average
$39,000

Certified Personal Trainer
▼4%

Fitness
▼22%

Corrective Exercise
▼22%

Personal Trainer
▼26%

Sales
▼36%

Customer Service
▼37%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 70%
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