Personal Trainer Salaries in Texas

Outdoor enthusiasts, gym worshipers, and weight loss hopefuls alike continue to rely on personal trainers to fine-tune their physiques and help them lead healthier lifestyles. As a fitness professional in Texas, this often means commanding a high salary.

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In fact, as of 2013, the United States Department of Labor found that fitness trainers working in Texas earned a median annual salary that was $2,300 more than the national average. Personal trainers that intend on surpassing the median salary range are encouraged to improve their marketability through:

  • Getting their personal trainer certification through a well-respected certifying organization
  • Earning an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, health and physical education, exercise science or a related field
  • Accumulate an impressive work history through experience and/or on-the-job training
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Salary Averages for Personal Trainers in Texas

Personal trainers can expect excellent employment prospects in Texas. In fact, the United States Department of Labor expects fitness professionals in Texas to benefit from an employment growth rate of over 22% through 2022. This projection far exceeds the national employment growth rate of 13% for this occupation.

In 2013, government salary reports showed that fitness trainers cultivated successful careers through exceptional experience earned over $40,000 more annually then those in entry-level positions and $30,000 more annually then professionals with moderate experience:

  • Entry-Level: $17,800/yr.
  • Mid-Career: $35,300/yr.
  • Experienced: $66,600/yr.

In that same year, wage-earning fitness trainers were also subject to different pay based on their experience. By participating in internships, volunteer positions, and maintaining a steady employment record, personal trainers can really boost their salary earning potentials:

  • Entry-Level: $8.57/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $16.96/hr.
  • Experienced: $32.04/hr.

Personal Trainer Salaries by Region in Texas

In 2014, Texas held the fourth highest level of employment for fitness trainers in the country. In that year, employment was especially high in the Houston-Sugarland-Baytown region, which made the federal government’s top ten list of metropolitan areas with the highest employment levels for fitness trainers nationwide.

In 2013, the United States Department of Labor illustrated differences in pay for fitness trainers in several metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of Texas:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Amarillo TX
210
30440
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos TX
1270
43390
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX
90
34790
College Station-Bryan TX
170
38490
Corpus Christi TX
90
41290
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
4780
47610
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
3430
50540
El Paso TX
140
27480
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division
1350
40160
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
3900
40910
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX
40
29020
Lubbock TX
180
36790
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
Estimate not released
42020
San Angelo TX
60
31290
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX
550
43150
Texarkana-Texarkana TX-AR
80
26500
Tyler TX
240
29970
Waco TX
90
Estimate not released
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
80
22800
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
80
24090
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
190
27100
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
100
36560
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
110
Estimate not released