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Personal Trainer Salary

Personal Trainers in the United States take home an average $18.13 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Personal Trainers (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Just under a third enjoy medical while close to one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in seven. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$19,231 - $58,976  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,992  
Profit Sharing
$315.50 - $3,800  
Commission
$500 - $20,482  
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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$20,159 - $83,243  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 637
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $45.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $8.28  
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.43  
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,992  
   
Commission
$500 - $20,482  
Profit Sharing
$315.50 - $3,800  
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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$20,159 - $83,243  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,570
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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.

Common Career Paths for Personal Trainer


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Compensation may increase greatly for Personal Trainers who advance to upper-end positions like Physician Assistant. Median pay for Physician Assistants is $82K per year. Typical career progression for a Personal Trainer involves becoming a Physical Therapist or a Fitness Club General Manager, roles that pay $28K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Trainer


Gold's Gym, 24 Hour Fitness Inc., YMCA, LA Fitness, and Fitness Together are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Personal Trainers. Self-Employed does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $80K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $31K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $155K. Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks at Equinox ($45K), Gold's Gym ($39K), and 24 Hour Fitness Inc. ($31K).

Planet Fitness pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $21K, 270 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Anytime Fitness, Inc. at $26K, and LA Fitness where $28K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Personal Trainers there earn up to $71K.

Popular Skills for Personal Trainer


Personal Trainers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Nutrition, Weight Loss/Weight Management, Training, and Health and Wellness are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 11 percent. Those proficient in Training are, more often than not, also skilled in Health and Wellness.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Trainer

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Personal Trainers bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. For some reason, Personal Trainers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


Personal Trainers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 65 percent. Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+33 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), Denver (+19 percent), and San Diego (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (10 percent less) and Austin (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Personal Trainer Salaries




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National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 414 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 69%