California is a Mecca for fitness buffs with numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation in stunningly beautiful locations. The state’s diversity offers a variety of options ranging from surfing the Pacific Coast to skiing in California’s numerous ski resorts.
Staying fit is popular in California, with the health club industry in the state generating revenues of $1.6 billion in 2007 according to the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association. California had the highest number of personal trainers in the country as of 2013 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
California’s Personal Trainers are Earning High Salaries
Personal trainers in California had the second highest average salary in the country in 2013 according to the BLS. The California Employment Development Department provides the salaries for fitness trainers who worked in the state in 2014:
Six of California’s metropolitan areas were among those with the highest salaries in the country according to the BLS:
- San Francisco area – 1st
- Salinas – 3rd
- Santa Rosa area – 5th
- Napa – 8th
- Vallejo area – 9th
- Oxnard area – 10th
There are an extensive number of gyms throughout California where you could begin your career as a personal trainer. These range from small boutique studios to large national chains. One that stands out is the iconic 24 Hour Fitness chain that started in San Ramon. As of 2015, it had gyms in 137 cities throughout California.
An Analysis of Personal Trainer Salaries Throughout California
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides an analysis of the salaries of personal trainers in many of California’s cities and several nonmetropolitan areas (2013). The average salaries were particularly high in Salinas and the San Francisco area: