Personal Trainer Salaries in North Carolina

There were 8,070 fitness/personal trainers earning a good salary in North Carolina according to the 2013 survey of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. These North Carolinians were happily working at fitness centers, spas, resorts, hotels and community centers or as independent trainers for individual clients.

Residents of the Tar Heel State take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy swimming and boating along North Carolina’s Eastern Atlantic coastline and barrier islands or, during the winter, skiing in the Appalachian Mountains where 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi River.

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Participants turn to fitness trainers to help them stay in shape in order to fully enjoy these outdoor activities and this is a good time for you to embark upon a fitness career. The North Carolina Department of Labor and Economic Analysis predicts that for every 140 fitness trainer jobs in 2013, there will be 180 jobs in 2020, representing an anticipated 28.6 percent increase.

Salaries You Can Expect as a Fitness Trainer in North Carolina

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following 2013 salaries for fitness trainers in North Carolina:

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$17290
Mean (Average)
$33230
75th Percentile
$42900
90th Percentile
$53330

As a comparison, the North Carolina Department of Labor lists the following fitness trainer salaries for 2014:

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$18120
Mean
$32030
Experienced
$38840

Keep in mind that if you decide to become an independent personal trainer you can set your own hourly fee to compensate not only for the session time but for your gasoline and time spent driving to and from the client’s home.

Fitness Trainer Salaries in Different Areas of North Carolina

You should expect salaries to vary with location. The following US Bureau of Labor Statistics table lists salaries in key areas of North Carolina:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Asheville NC
250
29370
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
2190
31760
Durham-Chapel Hill NC
660
42780
Fayetteville NC
140
39620
Goldsboro NC
80
23720
Greensboro-High Point NC
600
32360
Greenville NC
90
27830
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC
50
35090
Jacksonville NC
80
27420
Raleigh-Cary NC
1020
35380
Wilmington NC
290
40540
Winston-Salem NC
750
26050
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
250
32130
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
300
32440
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
580
22460
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
270
24760