Personal Trainer Salaries in Iowa

Iowa’s varied climate offers a great deal of outdoor recreational activities that vary with the seasons. Swimming, canoeing, and hiking are popular summer activities, and Iowa even offers a chance to hike part of the Lewis & Clark Trail! When winter strikes, cross-country skiing is a favored pastime in Iowa. The more adventurous residents of the state take advantage of Iowa’s peaks to climb and rappel.

All of this physical activity provides you with the chance to offer your personal training services to keep Iowa’s outdoorsmen and women in top shape. Your combination of cardio and strength training will help keep them active, so they can enjoy their favorite pastimes. And the best part is, you can earn a good salary while you pursue this rewarding career.

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Salaries for Iowa’s Personal Trainers

Once you have mastered the skills of personal training, you will earn a much higher salary than when you are new to the profession. Iowa Workforce Development demonstrates this through its analysis of the salaries for personal trainers of varying levels of experience (2014):

Experience
Annual Salary
Experienced
$28162
Average
$24382
Entry-level
$16823

The number of jobs for personal trainers is increasing in Iowa, and the state’s Workforce Development expects this rate of growth to be 1.3% a year between 2012 and 2022.

Iowa has numerous types of gyms ranging from national chains to local specialized studios. For instance, Anytime Fitness had four gyms in Iowa in early 2015 with a fifth expected to open soon.

The number one fitness trend sweeping through Iowa was CrossFit according to a 2014 article in the Des Moines Register. Another one of its top ten trends was aerial fitness, with TGR Fitness in Ankeny leading the trend.

With the popularity of rappelling in Iowa, you can find climbing camps throughout the state. One popular club that specializes in climbing is Climb Iowa located in Grimes.

Salaries for Personal Trainers in Iowa’s Cities and Rural Areas

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an analysis of the salaries of personal trainers in 8 cities and 4 rural areas of Iowa as of 2013. These personal trainers had the highest salaries when they were located in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Ames IA
90
19810
Cedar Rapids IA
320
28410
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL
320
25490
Des Moines-West Des Moines IA
950
26420
Dubuque IA
Estimate not released
21530
Iowa City IA
150
25850
Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA
1040
30570
Waterloo-Cedar Falls IA
Estimate not released
22330
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
19330
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
60
24930
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
90
22090
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
270
18310