How much does a Personal Trainer make in the United States?

Average Personal Trainer Yearly Salary in the United States

Personal Trainers earn an average yearly salary of $40,628. Salaries typically start from $20,800 and go up to $71,232.

Average Personal Trainer Hourly Wage in the United States

Personal Trainers earn an average hourly wage of $19.53. Hourly wages typically start from $10.00 and go up to $34.25.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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The average salary for a certified personal trainer has increased significantly over the last several years. Of course, there are many factors to consider when looking at pay scales for personal trainers, for example the type of employment (health club vs. private studio) can have a very large impact on the salary ranges.

A personal trainer's salary starts at about $20 per hour for trainers hired on staff by fitness clubs and can increase to more than $100 per hour for those with their own personal training business. Some trainers who work with celebrities or professional athletes can earn hourly rates closer to what lawyers charge, up to about $400 an hour. Some of the more successful trainers have a post secondary degree in a health-related field such as kinesiology or a personal training certificate. Trainers who have multiple certifications and/or specialty level titles earn even more than those with one certification and limited personal fitness experience.

Take home pay will also depend on the arrangement that you have within your place of business. For example, you may be considered an employee, an independent contractor or a rent-by-the hour trainer - this will make a difference in how and how much you are paid as a personal trainer.

Above all, it is important to remember that your salary will in effect be dictated primarily by the quality of your work and the ability to manage your business/clients successfully.

Employment Type Mix

42%
Full-Time
58%
Part-Time

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Personal Trainer demographics

Salary Satisfaction

2.7
SCORE
811
RATINGS
Personal Trainers average a score of 2.7 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Personal Trainers in the 14th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Personal Trainer satisfaction

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Personal Trainer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Personal Trainer Earnings

The highest earning Personal Trainers in the United States earn:

$34.25
an hour
$71,232
per year
Senior Personal Trainer Earnings

Senior Personal Trainers in the United States earn:

$24.04
an hour
$50,000
per year
Experienced Personal Trainer Earnings

Experienced Personal Trainers in the United States earn:

$15.38
an hour
$32,000
per year
Junior Personal Trainer Earnings

Junior Personal Trainers in the United States earn:

$12.98
an hour
$27,000
per year
Starting Personal Trainer Earnings

Starting Personal Trainers in the United States earn:

$10.00
an hour
$20,800
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Personal Trainer Salary Comparison

Personal Trainers earn more than 64% percent of similar careers in the United States.

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Personal Trainer Salary $40k
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Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Personal Trainer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Personal Trainer Salary in New Jersey $27.63 $57,460 # 1
Personal Trainer Salary in New York $24.25 $50,447.6 # 2
Personal Trainer Salary in California $20.38 $42,382.9 # 3
Personal Trainer Salary in Texas $20.28 $42,178 # 4
Personal Trainer Salary in United States $19.53 $40,628.0 # 5
Personal Trainer Salary in Florida $15.29 $31,806.7 # 6