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Personal Trainer Salary

The average Personal Trainer in the United States earns approximately $18.98 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.82 per hour on the lower side but can approach $48.15 on the higher side. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. For the most part, Personal Trainers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a third enjoy medical while close to one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in eight. Male Personal Trainers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 59 percent of the field. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,587 - $59,866
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MEDIAN: $35,558
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$9.82 - $48.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$19,587 - $59,866  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,983  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $3,663  
Commission
$304.10 - $24,179  
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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$20,433 - $84,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 616
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.82 - $48.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $7.69  
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.76  
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 - $2,983  
   
Commission
$304.10 - $24,179  
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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$20,433 - $84,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,520

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Job Description for Personal Trainer

A Personal Trainer has the responsibility of effectively helping a client achieve his or her personal fitness and health goals. A personal trainer must be a great motivator, have a great deal of patience, and make sure that the rapport between client and trainer remains on a positive level. The trainer must be able to motivate even the most mundane exerciser, as there are times when a client may not want to continue training, but a good trainer has to know how to keep the client going. A trainer has to come from the perspective of empathy, and also knows how to sympathize with the client, which in turn helps to build rapport. An effective personal trainer keeps well-documented data detailing the client's progress toward the goal. The trainer also has all information pertaining to the client, including height, weight, measurements, and medical history. A trainer knows how to adjust to a client's specific needs and should know how to make a detailed fitness plan so that the client can achieve his or her goals safely and effectively. Trainers can also provide the clients with a reward or incentive to make sure that the person stays on track with the program. A personal trainer keeps a tight schedule, primarily because wasted time is unproductive, but sometimes the work requires the trainer to be flexible according to the customer's desire. Additionally, a trainer also can make recommendations regarding the types of food a client may want to intake before and after training sessions. Lastly, an effective trainer is encouraging to his or her clients, which makes all the difference in their progress. A trainer can either work indoors at a fitness club, or have a change of environment and take the workouts outdoors. Trainers are usually certified by the ASE.


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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Physician Assistant. The average Physician Assistant brings home $82K per year. Career advancement for the typical Personal Trainer often leads to becoming a Physical Therapist or a Fitness Club General Manager; median salaries in these positions are $26K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

Personal Trainer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Trainer


YMCA, Gold's Gym, 24 Hour Fitness Inc., LA Fitness, and Self-Employed are among the top companies that take on many Personal Trainers. Personal Trainers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Self-Employed, where the median salary comes to $76K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($31K) and those starting out ($156K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks at Equinox ($45K), Gold's Gym ($39K), and 24 Hour Fitness Inc. ($34K).

Planet Fitness employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $22K, 250 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 $28K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Personal Trainers there earn up to $70K.

Popular Skills for Personal Trainer


Personal Trainers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Rehabilitation, Weight Loss/Weight Management, Nutrition, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Those familiar with Training also tend to know Health and Wellness.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Trainer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. Personal Trainers see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Personal Trainers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Personal Trainers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 90 percent greater than the national average. Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+62 percent), Minneapolis (+26 percent), Houston (+24 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Personal Trainers is geography, with workers in Atlanta earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (19 percent less) and Orlando (18 percent less).

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Experience Affects Personal Trainer Salaries




National Average
$39,000


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
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 375 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

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: 13% employee benefits None: 69%