Personal Trainer Salaries in California

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.

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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).

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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:

Experience
Annual Salary
Experienced
$82114
Average
$49667
Entry-level
$19276

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bakersfield-Delano CA
250
34940
Chico CA
210
40110
Fresno CA
310
45690
Hanford-Corcoran CA
40
47540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
5870
48750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA
8180
47070
Merced CA
Estimate not released
36500
Modesto CA
300
43030
Napa CA
130
57600
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division
1900
50120
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA
1080
54830
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
1580
33320
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA
1640
45960
Salinas CA
180
62810
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA
2560
47700
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA
4530
60100
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA Metropolitan Division
2630
67280
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
1730
52860
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles CA
460
45370
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division
2310
42790
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA
360
49720
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA
240
47310
Santa Rosa-Petaluma CA
560
60190
Stockton CA
290
48190
Vallejo-Fairfield CA
350
55380
Yuba City CA
Estimate not released
44710
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
70
22630
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
160
44770
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
230
42110