You’re seriously considering a career as a personal trainer in Ohio so naturally you’re wondering how much money you can make. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there were 7,740 fitness trainers working in Ohio in 2013 for annual salaries ranging from $18,000 to $50,000 or more.
Fitness trainers with experience and a good education, such as a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, kinesiology or a related field, earn the most and are most likely to be hired by fitness centers in high-end hotels near tourist attractions like Cleveland’s Rock n’Roll Hall of Fame.
Salaries You Can Expect as a Fitness Trainer in Ohio
The BLS 2013 annual survey of occupational wages reports the following fitness trainer salaries in the state of Ohio:
If you opt to work as a personal trainer for individual clients you can set your own hourly rate depending upon your qualifications, how far you have to drive to the client’s home, and what other trainers in the area are charging. A common fee is $50.00/hour although some trainers charge as much as $100.00/hour or more. It really depends on how valuable you are to the client.
Salaries in Different Areas of Ohio
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services labor market information report for 2014 lists the following fitness trainer median annual salaries in Ohio cities:
- Akron – $20,997
- Cincinnati – $24,104
- Cleveland – $34,982
- Columbus – $23,041
- Dayton – $19,176
- Toledo – $19,712
- Youngstown – $28,768
The following 2013 BLS table reports fitness trainer salaries in key areas of Ohio: