Personal Trainer Salary

Personal Trainers in the United States take home approximately $18.85 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $9.82 per hour and $47.39. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Most Personal Trainers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Slightly less than a third enjoy medical while a little less than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about an eighth. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,684 - $59,852

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$9.82 - $47.39

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$19,684 - $59,852  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,975  
Profit Sharing
$15.00 - $2,600  
Commission
$204.26 - $20,511  
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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$20,438 - $83,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 665
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.82 - $47.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $7.31  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,975  
   
Commission
$204.26 - $20,511  
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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$20,438 - $83,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,567
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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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There are some Personal Trainers — though it's rare — that transition into Physical Therapists, where median earnings are $65K annually. 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, 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. For Personal Trainers, comfortable salaries can be found at Self-Employed; in fact, average earnings are around $76K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($32K versus $206K) is great. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Equinox, Gold's Gym, and 24 Hour Fitness Inc., where Personal Trainers typically earn around $45K, $40K, or $34K, respectively.

With a reported median salary of only $23K, Planet Fitness easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are 234 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 $30K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Personal Trainers there earn up to $52K.

Popular Skills for Personal Trainer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 6 percent. It is often found that people who know Training are 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. Personal Trainers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. 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


For Personal Trainers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 91 percent above the national average. Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+62 percent), Houston (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+23 percent), and Austin (+20 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Boston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Atlanta and 6 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Personal Trainer Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries




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 325 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

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: 29% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 70%
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