$18.40
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,253

Profit Sharing

$509

Commission

$3,915
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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$20,248 - $69,316
$20K
$37K
$69K
MEDIAN: $37,441
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50%
90%

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$10.02 - $49.22
$10
$18
$49
MEDIAN: $18.40
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$0$93K
Salary $20,248 - $69,316
Bonus $199 - $9,866
Profit Sharing $509
Commission $196 - $25,074
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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$21,010 - $93,052
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Sep 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,100
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $10.02 - $49.22
Hourly Tips $0.21 - $6.17
Overtime $10.05 - $44.16
Annual Data $0$93K
Bonus $199 - $9,866
Commission $196 - $25,074
Profit Sharing $509
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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$21,010 - $93,052
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Sep 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,188

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.

Personal Trainer Pay By Employer

$0$255K

YMCA
58 profiles
$34,288

LA Fitness
44 profiles
$27,040

$30,938

Planet Fitness
28 profiles
$25,057

$30,658

Gold's Gym
24 profiles
$37,747

Self-Employed
19 profiles
$83,200

Fitness Together
12 profiles
$32,368

$46,299

$33,000

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 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: $38,933

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
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 324 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Personal Trainer Salaries

▲54%

▲42%

▲22%

National Average
$39,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Personal Trainer Salaries

Pilates
▲34%


Training Program Development
▲8%

▲5%




▲1%

National Average
$39,000

Certified Personal Trainer
▼4%

Fitness
▼21%

Corrective Exercise
▼21%

Personal Trainer
▼25%

Sales
▼36%

Customer Service
▼37%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 324 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
no benefits
None: 71%