Personal Trainer Salary

The average Personal Trainer in the United States earns approximately $18.40 per hour. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and slightly less than a fifth earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Personal Trainers who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,611 - $69,500
$21K
$36K
$70K
MEDIAN: $36,449
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$9.92 - $48.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$20,611 - $69,500  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $10,090  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
Commission
$482.88 - $29,799  
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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$20,918 - $89,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 641
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $48.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39 - $5.84  
Overtime
$12.04 - $44.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$242.40 - $10,090  
   
Commission
$482.88 - $29,799  
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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$20,918 - $89,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,207

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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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While Personal Trainers rarely become Physical Therapists, the job pays $67K per year on average. Personal Trainers typically move into roles as General Managers of Fitness Clubs or Directors of Fitness & Wellness, and those positions pay $3K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Trainer


YMCA, LA Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Inc., 24 Hour Fitness Inc., and Gold's Gym are among the top companies that take on many Personal Trainers. Although Self-Employed leads the field in pay with a median salary of $57K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $30K on the low end all the way up to $259K at the top. 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.

The lowest salaries can be found at Planet Fitness — median pay is $23K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $20K and only reaching $32K. 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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Pilates, Rehabilitation, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 9 percent, and 8 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 proficient in Training are, more often than not, also skilled 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: $38,708

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Personal Trainers, 58 percent above the national average. Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+32 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Employers in Phoenix and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 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 153 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

▲55%

▲43%

▲23%

National Average
$39,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries

Pilates
▲34%


Training Program Development
▲8%

▲6%



▲2%


National Average
$39,000

Certified Personal Trainer
▼3%

Fitness
▼21%

Corrective Exercise
▼21%

Personal Trainer
▼25%

Sales
▼35%

Customer Service
▼37%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 153 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: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 71%