The average Personal Trainer in the United States earns approximately $18.32 per hour. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Just under one in three enjoy medical while just under a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-eighth. Work is enjoyable for Personal Trainers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Personal Trainers who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,339 - $67,738
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MEDIAN: $36,671
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$20,339 - $67,738  
   
Bonus
$201.80 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Commission
$290.87 - $27,821  
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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$20,848 - $88,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 665
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $48.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $6.50  
Overtime
$10.34 - $45.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$201.80 - $10,137  
   
Commission
$290.87 - $27,821  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$20,848 - $88,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,278

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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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Many Personal Trainers move into a Physical Therapist role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $67K 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


Personal Trainers fill the offices of leading firms LA Fitness, YMCA, Anytime Fitness, Inc., 24 Hour Fitness Inc., and Gold's Gym. Employees of Self-Employed can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $57K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $30K to $259K. Crunch Fitness, Lifetime Fitness Corporation, and Equinox are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Personal Trainers earning around $53K, $52K, or $45K at each firm, respectively.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Planet Fitness — the median salary comes to just $23K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Also approaching the lower end are LA Fitness at $28K, 24Hour Fitness at $31K, and Anytime Fitness, Inc. at $32K.

Popular Skills for Personal Trainer


Personal Trainers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Rehabilitation, Training Program Development, Nutrition, and Sports Nutrition are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Sales and Personal Trainer also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Training also know 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. Personal Trainers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,702

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

For Personal Trainers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 58 percent above the national average. Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+30 percent), Houston (+23 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Indianapolis (19 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 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




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries


Training Program Development
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National Average
$39,000

Certified Personal Trainer
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Fitness
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Personal Trainer
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Sales
up arrow 35%

Customer Service
up arrow 37%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

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: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 71%
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