Personal trainers work with clients to improve overall health and fitness through exercise. The annual salary for personal trainers in the US is $36,124 on average. In the UK, personal trainers can expect to earn around to £19,483 ($20,822 USD). Annual earnings converted to US dollars in Australia and New Zealand are similar at AU$45,575 ($34,573 USD) and NZ$45,000 ($32,476 USD), respectively, followed by Canada at C$39,925 ($30,031 USD). Factors affecting income for personal trainers include geographic region, professional experience, and work setting with further details provided in this guide.
How Much Does a Personal Trainer Make?
The annual salaries for personal trainers in certain countries and their US dollar equivalency are provided in the chart below.
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Personal Trainer Salary Determinant Factors
Personal trainers’ salaries differ according to geographic region, as well as professional experience and work setting. Information on salary ranges from Payscale.com as well as further details on a career as a personal trainer are outlined for select countries worldwide.
1. How Much Does a Personal Trainer Make by State?
Personal Trainer Salary in the US
In the US, personal trainers earn between about $20,300 and just over $85,000 per year, with a mean annual income of $36,125. Some employers offer a bonus ranging from $200 to more than $10,000, and those who are responsible for sales of services and products have the potential for commission payments that can exceed $27,000. Those who have experience in rehabilitation, weight loss and nutrition, and sports training earn higher pay that can be from 4% to 11% more than what most personal trainers earn in the US. Incomes are significantly higher than the national average for personal trainers in New York, Los Angeles, and Houston by 55%, 31%, and 28%, respectively. Meanwhile, in Phoenix and Orlando, earnings lag 19% behind the national average.
Personal Trainer Salary in Canada
Personal trainers in Canada earn a mean annual salary of C$39,925. Those beginning their careers can expect a starting salary of about C$20,500, and with experience, increase earnings to more than C$61,300. Bonus income potential can range from just C$200 to more than C$35,200, and some employers also offer profit sharing that may exceed C$1,100. Those who work in sales may also receive commission incentives ranging from C$800 to more than C$12,200. Personal trainers with experience in nutrition often earn higher salaries. Incomes increase throughout one’s career, peaking for those with 20 years experience or more. Salaries in Vancouver and Toronto exceed the national average for personal trainers by 12% and 4%, respectively.
Personal Trainer Salary the UK
Personal trainers in the UK earn an annual salary of about £19,483 in general. Salaries range from £13,300 per year for new personal trainers beginning their careers to more than £31,400 per year for those with experience. Incomes increase steadily throughout one’s career. Just like in the US, a personal trainer salary peaks after 20 years. There are often opportunities for bonus incentives that can exceed £10,100, and personal trainers who have responsibilities for sales of products and services can boost income by an additional £9,000 in commission payments. Incomes in London are about 11% higher than the national average earnings for personal trainers. Those with experience in nutrition, weight loss, and sports nutrition earn higher incomes by 51%, 47%, and 19%, respectively.
Personal Trainer Salary in Australia
In Australia, the median annual salary for personal trainers is AU$45,575. New personal trainers starting their careers can expect an entry level salary of nearly AU$29,000 per year, increasing to more than AU$107,000 per year with additional skills and experience. Those with experience and skill in rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning earn higher incomes that are on the upper end of the pay scale. Some employers offer bonuses that can increase income by an additional AU$2,500.
Personal Trainer Salary in New Zealand
Personal trainers in New Zealand earn an annual income of NZ$45,000 per year on average. Entry level salary for new personal trainers in New Zealand is just over NZ$30,200. With additional experience, annual earnings can potentially exceed NZ$105,400. There are also opportunities for bonus incentives offered by some employers that can further boost income by about NZ$2,500.
2. How Much Does a Personal Trainer Make According to Experience?
Experience is closely tied to earnings for personal trainers worldwide. In the US, the difference between starting salaries and those of experienced personal trainers is more than $43,000 per year. This represents an increase of 210%. This increase is similar in Canada where experience can increase a personal trainer salary by nearly C$41,000 per year, or 198%. The gap between salaries for entry level and experienced personal trainers in Australia is about AU$78,400, or 272%, and about NZ$75,200, or 249%, in New Zealand. In the UK, experience can increase annual earnings by more than £18,000, an increase of 136%.
To work as a personal trainer, most countries require only the equivalent of a high school degree. However, those who continue their education and training to receive a two-year or four-year bachelor’s degree in areas associated with nutrition and weight loss, rehabilitation, and strength conditioning often earn higher salaries. Some specialty areas require certification. These special certifications can also increases the potential for higher earnings.
3. How Much Does a Personal Trainer Make According to Work Environment?
Personal trainers work in health and fitness clubs, recreation centers, yoga and Pilates studios, and in schools and educational settings. While there is not a large discrepancy in incomes based on work setting, those who are self-employed may have the potential for higher earnings and greater work flexibility. Additionally, personal trainers who work in health and fitness clubs have opportunities to earn additional income. This additional income may be in the form of bonuses, profit sharing and commissions. These are not typically available to those working in schools, for example.
Many personal trainers work for health and fitness clubs that offer 24-hour availability to their members. Therefore, personal trainers employed at these locations can work varying shifts during any time of day, Monday through Friday. Those who are self-employed may offer hours seven days a week, primarily during the day and some evenings. It is common for personal trainers to have responsibilities during some evening and weekend times regardless of work location. While many personal trainers work full-time hours, there are many opportunities for part-time positions. This career offers a great deal of flexibility. A career in personal training often brings a high level of job satisfaction and work-live balance.
Bonuses and Benefits
Personal trainers often receive bonus incentives, and some employers also offer profit sharing income. Many personal trainers have sales responsibilities that often have associated commission payments. While a full benefits package with medical, dental and vision coverage is sometimes provided for personal trainers with salaried, full-time positions, about 65% to 80% of personal trainers worldwide do not receive any healthcare benefits. Those working part-time often are ineligible for these benefits. And self-employed personal trainers are often responsible for paying their own healthcare coverage.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects an average growth rate of 8% for personal trainer positions between 2014 and 2024. Globally, growth in personal training is due to an increased awareness of the health and wellness and the associated benefits. More businesses are offering health club memberships to employees. And insurance coverage is sometimes available for personal training and weight loss programs. The New Zealand government also views personal trainer career prospects as good.
While a personal trainer salary is relatively modest, compared with other health-related professions, many have opportunities to increase earnings through bonus, profit sharing, and commissions. A career in personal training offers high job satisfaction and work-life balance. Future job outlook for personal trainers is average with growth in new positions expected to appear in line with the overall average growth rate of all occupations.