Personal Trainer Salary

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Get to the Bottom Line

There’s no question that the average pay for certified personal trainers has increased significantly over the last several years, but pay can vary by experience level, certifications, specialization and location. And it can vary a lot. According to Payscale.com, the average compensation for a personal trainer in the United States in 2022 is more than $19 per hour and typically falls between $11 and $52 per hour. Trainers who work independently or in large cities earn more; those in smaller cities or at chain gyms earn less. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for personal trainers and group fitness instructors is expected to grow by 39% by 2030. Job opportunities are on the rise and the industry is growing.

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Bump Up the Base

No matter where you live, there are ways to increase your base salary. Professional trainers with multiple certifications and specialist-level titles earn even more than those with one certification and limited personal fitness experience. As businesses and insurance companies continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, the number of corporate wellness programs and onsite exercise facilities are on the rise. Think about the many ways you could offer services in these locations. You could even jump-start a fitness benefits program in a business in your local community. You could work with clients who have medical needs or those who need advanced skills like high school or college athletes. Focusing on a specific client demographic makes you more marketable and adds to your bottom line, too.

Work Out and Up

There are many places to work as a personal trainer. Most personal trainers start at a health club or fitness facility. Though the pay can be low, these positions offer benefits like marketing assistance, avenues to advancement and experience in the business side of fitness. Working in a private studio can offer a more structured approach to personal training and provide mentors and guidance to help you grow as an entrepreneur. But you may need to pay rent and/or a percentage of your fees to the business owner. You’ll probably have to pay for your own liability insurance. You’ll need to consider these fees when you establish your pricing.

Working independently might be a good fit for you. You can conduct sessions anywhere: a client’s home, garage or even their backyard. You could bring your services to small businesses that want to offer their employees or customers on-site workplace wellness opportunities. Your salary would be yours alone but you’d need to consider supply and demand and make sure your services stand out to potential clients. Start your decision-making process with the pros and cons of each option and establish your goals in a timeline that works for you. Smaller, more achievable steps are milestones to your long-term, sustainable success.

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Pump Up Your Credentials

Most personal trainers work with clients who want to improve their physical fitness levels and weight management. When you earn more credentials in nutrition, endurance and resistance training, you can coach new populations of clients. Competitive athletes, older adults and people with specific medical concerns need skilled trainers who specialize in their distinct situations. Grow as a personal trainer and increase your salary potential by studying to develop new skill sets.

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