Personal Trainer Salary

Earnings for Personal Trainers in the United States come in at around $18.66 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $9.87 per hour on the lower end to $48.59 on the higher end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little less than one-fifth collect dental insurance. Most Personal Trainers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men account for the majority of Personal Trainers who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,982 - $61,147
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$20K
$36K
$61K
MEDIAN: $35,785
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$9.87 - $48.59
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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 (?
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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 who transition into Physical Therapists are few and far between. The job pays an average $66K per year. General Managers of Fitness Clubs or Directors of Fitness & Wellness are common next-step roles for Personal Trainers moving up in their careers; annual pay for General Managers of Fitness Clubs is $3K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Directors of Fitness & Wellness.

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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. Although Self-Employed leads the field in pay with a median salary of $76K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $32K on the low end all the way up to $206K at the top. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Equinox, Gold's Gym, and 24Hour Fitness, top-paying firms where Personal Trainers rake in a $45K, $40K, or $36K, respectively.

Planet Fitness pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $25K, 203 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Anytime Fitness, Inc. at $29K, and LA Fitness where $30K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Personal Trainers there earn up to $51K.

Popular Skills for Personal Trainer


Personal Trainers report using a wide range of professional 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Personal Trainers. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. 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 $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,698

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Personal Trainers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 68 percent. Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+25 percent), Austin (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, Indianapolis Personal Trainers have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Miami and Boston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 4 percent less, 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
$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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