Personal Trainer Salaries in Ohio

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.

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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.

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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:

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$17050
Mean (Average)
$28050
75th Percentile
$35110
90th Percentile
$47360

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Akron OH
620
27980
Canton-Massillon OH
210
20510
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
1670
30470
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor OH
1380
35920
Columbus OH
1700
31640
Dayton OH
410
21940
Lima OH
Estimate not released
22730
Mansfield OH
80
21710
Springfield OH
60
20390
Toledo OH
400
23900
Wheeling WV-OH
120
23850
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman OH-PA
290
29360
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
330
22200
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area
490
19600
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
150
24710
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
190
23240