Entry-Level Personal Trainer Salary

An average Entry-Level Personal Trainer can expect to take home roughly $16.46 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men account for the majority of Entry-Level Personal Trainers who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to about a fourth, and about one in six earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$19,910 - $60,331
$20K
$35K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,064
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$9.74 - $34.84
$9
$16
$35
MEDIAN: $16.46
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$19,910 - $60,331  
   
Bonus
$104.06 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$2,015  
Commission
$300.00 - $25,602  
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).
)
$20,405 - $69,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 472
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $34.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $5.87  
Overtime
$9.96 - $47.79  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$104.06 - $10,137  
   
Commission
$300.00 - $25,602  
Profit Sharing
$2,015  
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).
)
$20,405 - $69,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 971

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

Personal Trainer Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Trainer


LA Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Inc., YMCA, 24 Hour Fitness Inc., and Gold's Gym are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Personal Trainers. Crunch Fitness offers the largest salaries in town — $53K on average. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Gold's Gym, YMCA, and Lifetime Fitness Corporation, where Entry-Level Personal Trainers typically earn around $43K, $36K, or $36K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include LA Fitness at $28K, and Fitness Together where $30K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Personal Trainers there earn up to $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,616

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, 50 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+39 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), and San Francisco (+17 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Philadelphia is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Phoenix and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
12%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries

Rehabilitation
▲14%

▲5%




▲1%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Common Health Benefits

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