With its amazing wilderness areas and stunning beaches, Florida draws those who like to stay in shape for hardcore outdoor recreational activities. Hiking, scuba diving, kayaking, and swimming are all big here. As a personal trainer, this gives you an opportunity to help Florida’s residents young and old stay toned and fit, all while earning a good salary.
The fitness industry is big business in Florida. In fact, he state has the fourth highest number of fitness centers in the country. Because of this, Florida has a large number of fitness trainers—13,339 as of 2014 according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).
The number of jobs for personal trainers in Florida is expected to increase 60% more the national job growth rate for this profession. The DOE expects the number of personal trainers in the state to increase by 20.8% between 2014 and 2022. This should result in 4,477 new jobs becoming available during this time frame.
Salaries and New Opportunities for Florida’s Personal Trainers
Entry-level personal trainers in Florida earned 4.9% more than the national average in 2014. The DEO provides the salaries for personal trainers in Florida based on level of experience:
In addition to its many big-box gyms, Florida has a number of specialty fitness centers. Two such businesses made the Greatist list of the 21 most innovative gyms in the country for 2012:
- Institute of Human Performance – Boca Raton
- David Barton Gym – Miami Beach
One of the latest fitness trends is sweeping through Florida and resulting in a number of new fitness centers. Pure Barre is making its mark in Florida with 16 studios in the state as of 2014. The franchise is continuing to expand heavily into the Miami area.
Extensive Analysis of Personal Trainer Salaries in Florida
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an analysis of the salaries of personal trainers in numerous cities in Florida along with several nonmetropolitan areas (2013). These professionals had substantially higher salaries when they were located in the Naples area: