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Personal Trainer Salary

Personal Trainers in the United States take home approximately $18.63 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $9.79 per hour on the lower end to $47.03 on the higher end. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Men working as Personal Trainers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and around one in five earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Personal Trainers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,583 - $59,902
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,589
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$9.79 - $47.03
(Median)
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$47
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$19,583 - $59,902  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,989  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $3,663  
Commission
$300.00 - $23,583  
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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$20,358 - $84,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 633
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $47.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $7.60  
Overtime
$0.00 - $32.16  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,989  
   
Commission
$300.00 - $23,583  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $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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$20,358 - $84,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,532

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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 move on to become Physical Therapists may enjoy significant pay raises, as Physical Therapists get paid an average of $65K per year. 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 $4K 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, Gold's Gym, 24 Hour Fitness Inc., LA Fitness, and Self-Employed are leading firms in the industry. Self-Employed pays the most with a median salary of $76K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $31K to a high of $156K. Other big spenders include Equinox, Gold's Gym, and 24 Hour Fitness Inc., top-paying firms where Personal Trainers see paychecks nearing $45K, $40K, or $34K.

Planet Fitness employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $23K, 234 percent lower than the top payer. Other low-paying employers include Anytime Fitness, Inc. at $26K and LA Fitness at $30K, though some Personal Trainers there earn up to $70K.

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 Training are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Those educated in Training tend to be well versed 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 $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Personal Trainers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $60K. 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


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Personal Trainers, 92 percent above the national average. Personal Trainers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+57 percent), Minneapolis (+27 percent), Houston (+25 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Personal Trainers in Atlanta earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Boston (19 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Personal Trainer Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries

Rehabilitation
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Training
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Health and Wellness
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Sports Nutrition
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National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 364 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
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 69%
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