Entry-Level Personal Trainer Salary

For Entry-Level Personal Trainers, hourly average wages total $16.35 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. One in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in six collect dental insurance. Entry-Level Personal Trainers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 64 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,965 - $60,549
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$35K
$61K
MEDIAN: $34,858
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$9.74 - $35.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$19,965 - $60,549  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $10,067  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
Commission
$498.33 - $26,192  
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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$20,436 - $71,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 450
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $35.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38 - $6.55  
Overtime
$10.21 - $47.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$193.92 - $10,067  
   
Commission
$498.33 - $26,192  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$20,436 - $71,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 910

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Entry-Level Personal Trainers flock to YMCA, LA Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Inc., 24 Hour Fitness Inc., and Gold's Gym, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Entry-Level Personal Trainers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Crunch Fitness, where the average salary comes to $52K. Gold's Gym, YMCA, and Lifetime Fitness Corporation are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Personal Trainers earning around $43K, $36K, or $36K at each firm, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include In-Shape Health Clubs, Inc. at $27K, and LA Fitness where $28K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Personal Trainers there earn up to $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,427

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

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Personal Trainers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 54 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+41 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), and Houston (+19 percent). In Columbus, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (15 percent lower) and Orlando (13 percent lower).

Personal Trainer Advice

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Personal Trainer

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
12%
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Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries



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▲1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
no benefits
None: 72%