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Personal Trainer Salary

Median pay for Personal Trainers in the United States is around $18.62 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.77 per hour, and the top verges on $46.60. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and about a fifth earn dental coverage. Men working as Personal Trainers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 59 percent. Most Personal Trainers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,598 - $59,725
(Median)
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$35K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,428
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$9.77 - $46.60
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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$19,598 - $59,725  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,971  
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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$20,317 - $83,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 649
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $46.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $7.63  
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.04  
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 - $2,971  
   
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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$20,317 - $83,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,540
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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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While rarely seen, Personal Trainers sometimes transition into upper level Physical Therapists positions, where the average income is $65K per year. A common career progression for a Personal Trainer is to become a Fitness Club General Manager or a Director of Fitness & Wellness. Compared to Personal Trainers, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Trainer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Personal Trainers include YMCA, Gold's Gym, 24 Hour Fitness Inc., LA Fitness, and Self-Employed. Self-Employed does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $76K — 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 $156K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Equinox at $45K, Gold's Gym at $40K, and 24 Hour Fitness Inc., where Personal Trainers annually earn $34K.

Planet Fitness pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $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 $52K.

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 in pay of 7 percent. The majority of those 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Personal Trainers report making only $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 92 percent, Personal Trainers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Personal Trainers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+61 percent), Minneapolis (+27 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Austin (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Miami and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 11 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 359 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
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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