Updated August 22, 2022

Average Personal Trainer Salary

$37,214yearly

$17.89 hourly

Entry level Salary
$26,000 yearly
$26,000
10 %
$37,214
Median
$53,000
90 %

How much does a Personal Trainer make?

Personal trainers make $37,214 per year on average, or $17.89 per hour, in the United States. Personal trainers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $26,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $53,000.

Location impacts how much a personal trainer can expect to make. Personal trainers make the most in California, Hawaii, Washington, Connecticut, and Alaska.

Highest Paying States For Personal Trainers

The darker areas on the map show where personal trainers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Personal Trainer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Connecticut$47,835$23.00431
2North Dakota$44,163$21.2374
3Washington$48,140$23.14449
4Nevada$46,472$22.34127
5California$49,724$23.911,921
6Kentucky$39,586$19.03329
7New Hampshire$45,243$21.7586
8Maryland$44,782$21.53484
9Hawaii$48,936$23.5385
10Texas$39,719$19.101,747
11Oregon$42,071$20.23318
12Mississippi$38,689$18.60235
13Alaska$47,698$22.9348
14Massachusetts$46,548$22.38478
15Vermont$45,343$21.8030
16Arizona$40,587$19.51435
17Illinois$40,035$19.25995
18West Virginia$40,105$19.2895
19New Jersey$42,422$20.40619
20Colorado$41,061$19.74423
21Wyoming$40,130$19.2934
22Rhode Island$40,715$19.5786
23New Mexico$40,373$19.41109
24Minnesota$39,877$19.17451
25Delaware$39,680$19.0896
26North Carolina$38,786$18.65672
27Maine$40,847$19.6457
28Iowa$36,676$17.63312
29Nebraska$38,161$18.35152
30Oklahoma$38,720$18.62182
31Louisiana$34,746$16.70333
32Utah$38,695$18.60199
33Indiana$35,441$17.04563
34New York$40,543$19.49856
35Pennsylvania$33,620$16.161,088
36Virginia$38,439$18.48616
37Kansas$33,294$16.01283
38District of Columbia$42,473$20.4248
39Florida$35,160$16.901,051
40Wisconsin$32,747$15.74424
41Alabama$34,769$16.72253
42Michigan$30,641$14.73690
43Missouri$31,090$14.95479
44Ohio$28,559$13.73899
45Arkansas$30,161$14.50195
46Tennessee$30,889$14.85399
47Montana$34,507$16.5959
48South Dakota$33,532$16.1248
49Georgia$30,700$14.76628
50Idaho$30,231$14.53107
51South Carolina$23,817$11.45295

Highest Paying Cities For Personal Trainers

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$50,574$24.31
2Lakewood, WA$48,541$23.34
3Norwalk, CT$48,065$23.11
4Boston, MA$46,461$22.34
5Las Vegas, NV$46,381$22.30
6Ellicott City, MD$44,906$21.59
7Fort Lee, NJ$42,571$20.47
8Washington, DC$42,518$20.44
9Portland, OR$41,775$20.08
10Portland, ME$41,423$19.91
11Colorado Springs, CO$41,277$19.84
12New York, NY$40,778$19.60
13Phoenix, AZ$40,608$19.52
14Chicago, IL$40,051$19.26
15Austin, TX$40,002$19.23

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Lakewood, WA
  3. Norwalk, CT
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Las Vegas, NV

Personal Trainer Salary Details

Average Personal Trainer Salary Graph
Average Personal Trainer Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Personal Trainer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$53,000$4,417$25
75th Percentile$44,000$3,667$21
Average$37,214$3,101$18
25th Percentile$30,000$2,500$14
10th Percentile$26,000$2,167$13

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Strength And Conditioning Internship$47,497$3,958$22.8450,805
Fitness Attendant$29,331$2,444$14.1050,892
Yoga Instructor$45,673$3,806$21.9625,406
Fitness Coach$38,462$3,205$18.4922,156
Life Skills Instructor$30,844$2,570$14.8364,039
Fitness Instructor$35,495$2,958$17.0731,212

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. AEA Investors Jobs (2,037)
  2. Equinox Jobs (456)
  3. Life Fitness Jobs (285)
  4. Sport&Health Jobs (95)
  5. Blink Fitness Jobs (88)

Which Companies Pay Personal Trainers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, AEA Investors and Massachusetts General Hospital are the highest paying companies for personal trainers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1AEA Investors$115,018$55.30152
2Massachusetts General Hospital$62,608$30.102
3Hancock Wellness$58,830$28.285
4City of Lakewood$53,124$25.545
5Syracuse University$51,260$24.645
6University of California, Berkeley$50,423$24.24
7Columbia University in the City of New York$50,269$24.1710
8Prime Healthcare$50,065$24.078
9PSEA$47,704$22.939
10TPN$47,187$22.692
11Equinox$46,342$22.282,023
12Prince William County$45,448$21.853
13City of Rockville$43,896$21.101
14Liberty University$43,819$21.073
15City of McKinney$43,756$21.042
16Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center$43,699$21.0121
17University of California$43,375$20.8527
18City of Golden$43,076$20.711
19American University$42,929$20.64
20Metropolitan State University of Denver$42,858$20.60

How Much Do Personal Trainers Make In Different Industries?

Personal trainer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the retail, education, and hospitality industries tend to offer much higher salaries for personal trainers. For example, personal trainers make a whopping average salary of $44,663 while working in the retail industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $41,347 in the education industry and $38,178 in the hospitality industry.

Personal trainers may want to avoid working in the health care industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $36,011.

Highest Paying Industries For Personal Trainers

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Retail$44,663$21.47
2Education$41,347$19.88
3Hospitality$38,178$18.35
4Health Care$36,011$17.31

High Paying Personal Trainer Jobs

Personal Trainer Salary Trends

Average Personal Trainer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Personal Trainer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$37,200$17.89+0.3%
    2021$37,100$17.84+1.4%
    2020$36,600$17.59+1.5%
    2019$36,000$17.32+2.7%
    2018$35,100$16.85+5.2%

    Recently Added Personal Trainer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Redwood Personal TrainingPersonal TrainerCanton, MA07/25/2022$37,566
    YMCA of Northern ColoradoPersonal Trainers at The Johnstown YmcaJohnstown, CO07/23/2022$43,827
    Massage EnvyPersonal Trainer (Stretch Provider)Charlottesville, VA07/23/2022$37,566
    Massage EnvyPersonal Trainer (Stretch Provider)Collegeville, PA07/23/2022$37,566
    Massage EnvyPersonal TrainerNorwalk, CT07/23/2022$35,479
    Live Fit Gym-CastroPersonal TrainerSan Francisco, CA07/23/2022$100,000
    Anytime FitnessPersonal TrainerWaupaca, WI07/22/2022$29,218
    SvetnessPersonal TrainerBrisbane, CA07/22/2022$38,000
    Anytime Fitness-West McKinneyPersonal TrainerMcKinney, TX07/22/2022$22,957
    University of VirginiaPersonal Trainer (Wage)Charlottesville, VA07/22/2022$31,305

    Personal Trainer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Personal Trainers the most?

    California pays Personal Trainers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $49,724 per year, or $23.91 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Personal Trainer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Personal Trainer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Hawaii you should be paid close to $48,936 per year.

    What type of Personal Trainer gets paid the most?

    Manager/Personal Trainer gets paid the most. Manager/Personal Trainer made a median salary of $63,117. The best-paid 10 percent make $80,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $49,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a Personal Trainer?

    A good starting salary for a personal trainer is $33,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a personal trainer in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for personal trainers is $58,703, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a personal trainer can vary by state.

    Can personal trainers make 100k?

    Yes, personal trainers can make $100,000 in a year. However, this is not typical. The average salary for personal trainers is around $42,000 annually, with only the top 10% exceeding $76,000.

    Can you make good money as a personal trainer?

    Yes, you can make good money as a personal trainer. However, to make good money, a person needs to work both hard and strategically.

    To make good money as a personal trainer, a person needs good time management skills and marketing and sales strategies to increase client retention.

    How much does the average personal trainer make per hour?

    The average personal trainer makes about $22 to $25 an hour. This makes the average salary for personal trainers around $42,000 annually. While the bottom ten percent may only make $35,000 a year, the top 10 percent can easily exceed $76,000.

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