These Are The 10 States With The Highest Personal Trainer Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do personal trainers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for personal trainers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for personal trainers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for personal trainers after this adjustment? That would be Fitness Trainers And Aerobics Instructors.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Texas
  2. New York
  3. Illinois
  4. Washington
  5. Georgia
  6. New Jersey
  7. Colorado
  8. New Mexico
  9. Utah
  10. Missouri

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for personal trainers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $50260, so our index value would be:

$50,260 * (100 / 135.9) = $36,983

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for personal trainers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Personal Trainer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $47,177 $42,790 90.7
2 New York $47,068 $61,660 131.0
3 Illinois $46,469 $43,960 94.6
4 Washington $45,247 $47,600 105.2
5 Georgia $44,452 $40,630 91.4
6 New Jersey $43,412 $52,920 121.9
7 Colorado $42,447 $44,060 103.8
8 New Mexico $42,341 $40,860 96.5
9 Utah $41,870 $38,940 93.0
10 Missouri $41,814 $37,800 90.4
11 Tennessee $41,040 $36,690 89.4
12 Arizona $40,642 $39,830 98.0
13 Oklahoma $40,179 $35,840 89.2
14 Kentucky $40,022 $36,220 90.5
15 Massachusetts $39,715 $52,980 133.4
16 Mississippi $39,674 $34,080 85.9
17 Virginia $39,503 $39,820 100.8
18 Minnesota $39,444 $39,760 100.8
19 Florida $38,860 $38,200 98.3
20 North Carolina $38,764 $36,400 93.9
21 Nebraska $38,515 $35,280 91.6
22 Kansas $38,476 $34,590 89.9
23 Maryland $38,095 $47,810 125.5
24 Alabama $38,004 $34,660 91.2
25 Michigan $37,337 $33,230 89.0
26 California $36,983 $50,260 135.9
27 Arkansas $36,555 $31,840 87.1
28 Indiana $36,379 $32,560 89.5
29 Rhode Island $36,321 $43,840 120.7
30 Nevada $35,663 $36,840 103.3
31 Delaware $35,493 $35,990 101.4
32 Wyoming $35,130 $32,250 91.8
33 Maine $34,945 $38,720 110.8
34 Pennsylvania $34,861 $35,350 101.4
35 South Carolina $34,667 $34,390 99.2
36 Montana $34,414 $34,690 100.8
37 Connecticut $34,259 $43,750 127.7
38 Wisconsin $34,049 $32,960 96.8
39 Iowa $33,538 $30,520 91.0
40 Oregon $33,503 $38,730 115.6
41 Idaho $33,289 $30,660 92.1
42 Vermont $32,873 $39,810 121.1
43 Ohio $31,673 $29,710 93.8
44 Alaska $31,083 $40,750 131.1
45 North Dakota $30,171 $29,990 99.4
46 West Virginia $29,518 $27,570 93.4
47 New Hampshire $29,273 $34,250 117.0
48 South Dakota $29,016 $30,090 103.7
49 Louisiana $28,343 $26,870 94.8
50 Hawaii $27,986 $46,990 167.9