Personal Trainer Salary

Pay for Personal Trainers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.55 per hour. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than one-fifth collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 62 percent of Personal Trainers are male. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,252 - $73,402
$21K
$39K
$73K
MEDIAN: $39,019
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$10.01 - $50.12
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$18
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MEDIAN: $18.48
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$0$95K
Salary $21,252 - $73,402
Bonus $294.56 - $9,839
Profit Sharing $4,000
Commission $98.26 - $27,000
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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$21,189 - $95,922
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 571
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $10.01 - $50.12
Hourly Tips $0.25 - $5.15
Overtime $9.30 - $38.93
Annual Data $0$95K
Bonus $294.56 - $9,839
Commission $98.26 - $27,000
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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$21,189 - $95,922
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,138

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

  • Design individualized training programs for clients.
  • Ensure safe and effective equipment use.
  • Develop rapport with clients to maintain a consistent customer base.
  • Provide client fitness evaluations and assessments.

Common Career Paths for Personal Trainer


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Many Personal Trainers move into a Physical Therapist role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $67K per year. Career advancement for the typical Personal Trainer often leads to becoming a Fitness Club General Manager or a Director of Fitness & Wellness; median salaries in these positions are $2K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

Personal Trainer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Personal Trainer


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. Personal Trainers flock to Self-Employed for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $57K lead the pack in compensation; however, Self-Employed also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $30K at one end to $259K at the other end. Personal Trainers can also look forward to large paychecks at Crunch Fitness ($52K), Lifetime Fitness Corporation ($52K), and Equinox ($45K).

Salaries are easily beat at Planet Fitness, where median pay comes to just $23K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $20K and ending at $32K, range in salary is rather small. Other low-paying employers include In-Shape Health Clubs, Inc. at $27K and LA Fitness at $29K, though some Personal Trainers there earn up to $50K.

Popular Skills for Personal Trainer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Pilates, Rehabilitation, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Sales and Personal Trainer also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Training are similarly competent in Health and Wellness.

Pay by Experience Level for Personal Trainer

Pay by Experience for a Personal Trainer has a positive trend. An entry-level Personal Trainer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 1,360 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Personal Trainer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 427 salaries. An experienced Personal Trainer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 277 salaries. A Personal Trainer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 87 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,614

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

Home to some of the best pay for Personal Trainers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 55 percent above the national average. Personal Trainers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+29 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Personal Trainers is geography, with workers in Orlando earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Employers in Phoenix and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent less).

Personal Trainer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Personal Trainer?

Personal Trainer in Grand Rapids:
"Making an Impact."
Pros: I like the fact that I get to deal with novel situations, or create novel situations each day - there is rarely boredom here. I get to use the wealth of knowledge I've learned through school and I continue to learn each day through my experiences with clients.
Cons: I dislike the occasional failure of breaking through with someone - while a trainer can help someone reach their goals, the responsibility of actually getting something done falls on the client, and from time to time they will fall short of themselves.

Personal Trainer in Albuquerque:
"Amazing."
Pros: I like my job because I can stay in the gym.
Cons: I like everything about my job. Maybe if it was somewhere it may be a little better.

Personal Trainer in Arlington:
"It is the best job I've ever had."
Pros: Meeting new people everyday and making sales in a fast paced environment.
Cons: Early morning hours.

Personal Trainer in Coldwater:
"Pt."
Pros: The people and results I can give them.
Cons: The early hours and scheduling conflict.

Personal Trainer in Charlotte:
"It is great."
Pros: I get to impact individuals lives.
Cons: Everything is good.

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Key Stats for Personal Trainer

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 182 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Personal Trainer Salaries

▲52%

▲40%

▲20%

National Average
$40,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries

Pilates
▲31%


Training Program Development
▲6%

▲3%




National Average
$40,000

▼1%

Certified Personal Trainer
▼5%

Fitness
▼23%

Corrective Exercise
▼23%

Personal Trainer
▼26%

Sales
▼37%

Customer Service
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

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: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 71%