Personal Trainer Salary

For Personal Trainers, hourly average wages total $18.76 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.81 per hour on the low end to $48.20 on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. Most Personal Trainers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Just under one in three enjoy medical while roughly one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-seventh. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,634 - $59,628
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,494
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$9.81 - $48.20
(Median)
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$48
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
$19,634 - $59,628  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,974  
Profit Sharing
$15.00 - $2,600  
Commission
$202.03 - $20,664  
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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$20,404 - $84,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 661
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $48.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $7.37  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.87  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,974  
   
Commission
$202.03 - $20,664  
Profit Sharing
$15.00 - $2,600  
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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$20,404 - $84,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,539
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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 don't often assume a higher-end position such as a Physical Therapist. Employees in that role get paid an average $65K per year. When Personal Trainers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become General Managers of Fitness Clubs or Directors of Fitness & Wellness. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $2K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Trainer


YMCA, Gold's Gym, 24 Hour Fitness Inc., LA Fitness, and Self-Employed are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Personal Trainers. Self-Employed pays the most with a median salary of $75K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $31K to a high of $155K. 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 lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 226 percent lower than the top payer ($23K). 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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Weight Loss/Weight Management, Rehabilitation, Nutrition, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $59K in this role. Personal Trainers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $54K.

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 (+60 percent), Minneapolis (+27 percent), Houston (+25 percent), and Austin (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Atlanta Personal Trainers earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Miami and Boston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Personal Trainer Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries




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National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 337 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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