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Personal Trainer Average Salary in United States 2023

How much money does a Personal Trainer make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
70,300 USD
( 5,860 USD monthly)


A person working as a Personal Trainer in United States typically earns around 70,300 USD per year. Salaries range from 34,500 USD (lowest) to 110,000 USD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Personal Trainer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Personal Trainer Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Personal Trainer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Personal Trainer salaries in United States range from 34,500 USD per year (minimum salary) to 110,000 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 71,800 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Personal Trainer(s) are earning less than 71,800 USD while the other half are earning more than 71,800 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Personal Trainer(s) are earning less than 47,800 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 47,800 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Personal Trainer(s) are earning less than 92,600 USD while 25% are earning more than 92,600 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Personal Trainer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States Personal Trainer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Personal Trainer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Personal Trainer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 40,900 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 52,500 USD per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 72,500 USD per year, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Personal Trainer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 89,800 USD per year, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 96,200 USD per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 103,000 USD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Personal Trainer average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
40,900 USD
2 - 5 Years+29%
52,500 USD
5 - 10 Years+38%
72,500 USD
10 - 15 Years+24%
89,800 USD
15 - 20 Years+7%
96,200 USD
20+ Years+7%
103,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Personal Trainer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Personal Trainer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Personal Trainer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Personal Trainer is 51,000 USD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 58,600 USD per year, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 78,900 USD per year, 35% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 99,200 USD per year, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Personal Trainer average salary difference by education level in United States

High School
51,000 USD
Certificate or Diploma+15%
58,600 USD
Bachelor's Degree+35%
78,900 USD
Master's Degree+26%
99,200 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Personal Trainer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Personal Trainer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Personal Trainer employees in United States earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.

68,500 USD
72,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Personal Trainer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Personal Trainer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States Personal Trainer
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United States / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Personal Trainer Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Personal Trainer
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A Personal Trainer is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Personal Trainer Average Hourly Wage in United States

34 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 34 USD. This means that the average Personal Trainer in United States earns approximately 34 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Personal Trainer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Personal Trainer and Recreation and Sports yearly United States
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The average salary for Personal Trainer is 9% less than that of Recreation and Sports. Also, Recreation and Sports salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Activities Assistant45,100 USD-36%
Amusement and Recreation Attendant40,100 USD-43%
Aquatic Supervisor73,400 USD+4%
Assistant Cinema Manager54,900 USD-22%
Assistant Coach79,800 USD+13%
Athletic Trainer68,600 USD-2%
Exercise Specialist70,100 USD-0%
Fitness Manager144,000 USD+100%
Fitness Trainer74,300 USD+6%
Game Manager71,700 USD+2%
Gaming Supervisor70,800 USD+1%
Golf Cart Attendant30,400 USD-57%
Head Coach135,000 USD+92%
Head Gymnastics Instructor95,400 USD+36%
Party Host55,500 USD-21%
Personal Trainer70,300 USD-0%
Pool Attendant / Lifeguard45,100 USD-36%
Recreation Aide32,600 USD-54%
Recreation Director159,000 USD+130%
Recreation Manager152,000 USD+120%
Ski Instructor 81,400 USD+16%
Sports Manager162,000 USD+130%
Swim Instructor80,000 USD+14%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta69,800 USD
Austin79,900 USD
Baltimore71,400 USD
Boston76,500 USD
Bristol59,000 USD
Chicago83,300 USD
Cincinnati59,600 USD
Cleveland64,000 USD
Dallas84,300 USD
Denver78,700 USD
Detroit70,600 USD
Honolulu59,500 USD
Houston85,900 USD
Indianapolis77,800 USD
Iowa City60,100 USD
Jacksonville77,700 USD
Kansas City70,600 USD
Kent57,100 USD
Las Vegas71,600 USD
Long Beach69,400 USD
Los Angeles89,800 USD
Memphis69,300 USD
Miami63,800 USD
Minneapolis64,900 USD
New Orleans61,900 USD
New York89,400 USD
Oakland65,500 USD
Oklahoma City69,600 USD
Orlando63,800 USD
Philadelphia85,000 USD
Phoenix84,700 USD
Sacramento67,300 USD
San Antonio80,700 USD
San Diego82,300 USD
San Francisco80,600 USD
San Jose77,800 USD
Seattle75,400 USD
Tampa64,400 USD
Vancouver59,100 USD
Washington D.C.76,900 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama72,000 USD
Alaska67,000 USD
Arizona76,800 USD
Arkansas68,400 USD
California83,200 USD
Colorado72,400 USD
Connecticut74,800 USD
Delaware67,000 USD
District of Columbia63,200 USD
Florida83,700 USD
Georgia79,300 USD
Hawaii65,200 USD
Idaho69,500 USD
Illinois79,100 USD
Indiana72,700 USD
Iowa71,700 USD
Kansas69,100 USD
Kentucky75,800 USD
Louisiana73,100 USD
Maine64,800 USD
Maryland77,900 USD
Massachusetts75,100 USD
Michigan75,100 USD
Minnesota75,600 USD
Mississippi68,700 USD
Missouri78,300 USD
Montana66,800 USD
Nebraska66,500 USD
Nevada72,300 USD
New Hampshire66,800 USD
New Jersey74,700 USD
New Mexico70,800 USD
New York79,600 USD
North Carolina74,600 USD
North Dakota64,900 USD
Ohio77,300 USD
Oklahoma74,800 USD
Oregon72,100 USD
Pennsylvania77,100 USD
Rhode Island67,400 USD
South Carolina72,800 USD
South Dakota62,500 USD
Tennessee77,600 USD
Texas79,700 USD
Utah72,100 USD
Vermont64,500 USD
Virginia75,300 USD
Washington79,500 USD
West Virginia68,100 USD
Wisconsin71,700 USD
Wyoming64,700 USD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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