The average Entry-Level Personal Trainer earns approximately $16.27 per hour. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. One-fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly a sixth collect dental insurance. The majority of Entry-Level Personal Trainers (64 percent) survey respondents are male. Most Entry-Level Personal Trainers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,928 - $59,560
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MEDIAN: $34,582
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$9.65 - $33.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$19,928 - $59,560  
   
Bonus
$104.06 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$30.00  
Commission
$250.00 - $25,283  
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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$20,281 - $64,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 479
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.65 - $33.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $5.81  
Overtime
$9.91 - $46.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$104.06 - $10,137  
   
Commission
$250.00 - $25,283  
Profit Sharing
$30.00  
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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$20,281 - $64,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 995

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Many Entry-Level Personal Trainers can be found at LA Fitness, YMCA, Anytime Fitness, Inc., 24 Hour Fitness Inc., and Planet Fitness, firms that are at the top of the field. Entry-Level Personal Trainers flock to Gold's Gym for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $43K lead the pack in compensation; however, Gold's Gym also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $31K at one end to $61K at the other end. Other employers shelling out big bucks include YMCA, Lifetime Fitness Corporation, and 24 Hour Fitness Inc., where Entry-Level Personal Trainers typically earn around $37K, $36K, or $34K, respectively.

Planet Fitness offers the least pay with a median salary of $26K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $34K. Other low-paying employers include LA Fitness at $30K and Fitness Together at $30K, though some Entry-Level Personal Trainers there earn up to $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,141

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Personal Trainers, 50 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Personal Trainers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+40 percent), Dallas (+28 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), and Chicago (+23 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (9 percent lower) and Denver (8 percent lower).

Personal Trainer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Personal Trainer in Orange:
"Is growth within the company an option?"
Learn as much as you can and find out how to communicate to each client and be sincere. Be open to coaching, and if your employer promises you a raise be sure to get it in writing.

Personal Trainer in Kohler:
"Hard work pays off."
Equipment and space will be limited. Supervisors may not use your insight and experiences.

Personal Trainer in Libertyville:
"Study up."
Knowledge is key to this business. Not just in fitness but in nutrition and client management. Always be learning and making yourself better.

Personal Trainer in Metairie:
"Do your research on salaries and benefits."
Be sure to do research on job salaries and benefits before deciding on a being a personal trainer.

Personal Trainer in Northbrook:
"Become a specialist."
Train as many people as you can as quickly as you can - even if you are not paid what you feel you deserve. Build up your client list - give them so much more than they are paying for - learn as much as you can as quickly as you can - try to figure out what niche you love and become an expert at that.

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Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries

Rehabilitation
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Sports Nutrition
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National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 72%
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