Personal Trainer Salaries in Georgia

Georgia is a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts. Its million plus acres of public land and more than 500,000 acres of reservoirs offer numerous opportunities for horseback riding, kayaking, tubing, and water-skiing. Serious hikers take advantage of the start of the Appalachian Trail in Amicalola Falls State Park. Georgia’s state golf courses provide such great locations for golfing that several have been recognized as favorites in Golf Digest. Fitness trends that were sweeping Atlanta in 2014 included High-Intensity Interval Training, Tabata Bootcamp, and Core Fusion.

All of these activities require staying in shape and provide you with an opportunity to guide the fitness levels of outdoorsmen and women in Georgia. The best part is, you can enjoy all the rewards of a personal trainer career while making a good living!

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Salaries and Job Growth for Personal Trainers in Georgia

In Georgia, the average salary for personal trainers was 4.2% higher than the national average in 2013 according to the state’s Department of Labor. Experienced personal trainers are also more highly paid in Georgia, with salaries that were 3.8% more than the national average for this level of expertise.

The Georgia Department of Labor provides the salaries for personal trainers in Georgia as of 2013:

Experience
Hourly Wage
Experienced
$33.40
Average
$18.93
Entry-level
$8.59

Your chances of getting a job as a personal trainer in Georgia are strong since the field is expected to grow nearly twice as fast as it is in the rest of the country. The state’s labor department predicts that the number of jobs for personal trainers in Georgia will increase by 24.7% between 2008 and 2018. This should result in an average of 70 jobs a year becoming available.

Georgia’s gyms are a mix of national chains, those based in Georgia, and individual boutique fitness centers. The local chain Destiny Fitness had 9 locations in the state in 2015. New gyms that opened recently in Georgia include:

  • U Fitness Center 4 Women Winder
  • From the Core Studios near Irving

Salary Analysis for Personal Trainers Throughout Georgia

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an analysis of the salaries of personal trainers in 14 of Georgia’s metropolitan areas and four nonmetropolitan areas (2013). It revealed that the average salaries of personal trainers in the Atlanta area were substantially higher than those in the rest of the state. However, experienced professionals in this field earned more when they were based in Gainesville:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany GA
110
25620
Athens-Clarke County GA
230
32660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA
2370
44660
Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC
410
25950
Brunswick GA
30
35370
Chattanooga TN-GA
410
30400
Columbus GA-AL
80
31510
Gainesville GA
30
40570
Macon GA
60
29140
Savannah GA
250
30200
Warner Robins GA
Estimate not released
30460
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area
30
40700
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
23080
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
29730
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area
110
29490