Personal Training Salary

To be able to do something you are passionate about makes you fortunate; to be able to take that passion and make it into a successful career makes you one of an elite few.

Personalized exercise regimens remain extremely popular, thanks in large part to high-profile celebrity personal trainers and popular television shows like The Biggest Loser. That’s good news for you as you look at the career prospects of sharing your love of exercise and good health with others. Perhaps best of all is that a career in personal training may not only be fulfilling, but financially rewarding, as well.

According to a 2012 CNN Money article entitled Best Jobs in America, personal training ranked number 18, with a median salary of $56,000, and top trainers earning as much $128,000. In other good news, this profession has experienced a 24 percent job growth rate over the past 10 years, and is expected to experience continued growth for the forseeable future.

Trends in Personal Trainer Salaries

A number of professional organizations in the fitness industry conduct regular salary surveys of their members and publish the results. Recent findings reveal that average salary statistics remain fairly consistent between organizations:

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The American Council on Exercise (ACE) conducted a survey of health professionals in 2013 and found that higher salaries were reported than in their 2010 survey. Further, fitness professionals with advanced certifications continue to receive more benefits and enjoy higher salaries than other industry professionals. The survey also revealed that like many other professions, personal trainer salaries often varied according to:

  • Geographic region
  • Specialization
  • Experience level
  • Certifications
  • Education level

According to ACE, the average, annual salary for personal trainers in 2013 was $52,537, or $26 an hour; that’s a 12 percent increase from 2010.

The ACE survey also broke down fitness trainer salaries, by region, and found that personal trainers in the Southwest earned the highest, average salary, at $60,120, followed by:

  • Northwest: $56,281
  • Southeast: $53,079
  • Northeast: $52,030
  • Northcentral: $46,060

According to the National Federation of Personal Trainers, personal trainers earned between $26,258 and $58,346 in 2013.

The National Federation of Personal Trainers also found that personal trainers earned the highest salaries (hourly) in the following metropolitan areas, as of 2013:

  • New York, NY: $16.26 – $54.04
  • Houston, TX: $16.50 – $30.00
  • Los Angeles, CA: $19.44 – $25.70
  • Dallas, TX: $14.74 – $30.25
  • Phoenix, AZ: $14.12 – $20.56
  • Arlington, TX: $13.50 – $40.00
  • Chicago, IL: $12.50 – $29.38

A recent survey by the Wellness Council of America found that 26.25 percent of the professionals in the fitness and wellness industry earn between $25,000 and $50,000 a year. This survey also revealed that about 18 percent of fitness and wellness professionals earn between $50,000 and $75,000 per year, 11 percent earn between $75,000 and $100,000 per year, and nearly 16 percent earn more than $100,000 per year.

The Wellness Council of America also reported that personal trainers who completed higher levels of education and certification earn higher starting salaries.

Personal Trainer Salaries by State

Shown for comparative purposes, the data featured below reflects the results of a national survey of personal trainers conducted by the US Department of Labor in 2013:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
2750
31530
Alaska
560
36170
Arizona
5050
37450
Arkansas
1100
22320
California
26040
49290
Colorado
6230
42140
Connecticut
3980
47560
Delaware
820
30570
District of Columbia
1030
42910
Florida
12300
32750
Georgia
3740
39340
Hawaii
760
35350
Idaho
1560
30380
Illinois
16580
32260
Indiana
3900
30910
Iowa
2810
24380
Kansas
3460
30430
Kentucky
1670
34120
Louisiana
2030
30840
Maine
1040
41990
Maryland
6070
38850
Massachusetts
9190
43790
Michigan
6810
29780
Minnesota
4270
33660
Mississippi
1260
27920
Missouri
3190
28790
Montana
1060
33040
Nebraska
1630
29110
Nevada
2010
33590
New Hampshire
1860
35700
New Jersey
9900
48060
New Mexico
1230
32240
New York
14040
52630
North Carolina
7510
32030
North Dakota
560
27460
Ohio
7740
28050
Oklahoma
1760
31780
Oregon
3740
40170
Pennsylvania
10840
28710
Puerto Rico
Estimate not released
17410
Rhode Island
830
37800
South Carolina
2670
30370
South Dakota
830
26030
Tennessee
3820
32850
Texas
12590
39220
Utah
2540
37840
Vermont
800
37650
Virgin Islands
Estimate not released
25730
Virginia
7950
41310
Washington
6890
40600
West Virginia
600
24750
Wisconsin
6050
27790
Wyoming
530
28570