Fitness Trainer Salary (2020) – Personal Trainer Jobs

Fitness Trainer Salary (2020) – Personal Trainer Jobs

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Fitness Trainers lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities.

Fitness trainers and instructors do the following:

Demonstrate and explain how to perform exercises and routines. Watch clients and correct techniques. Monitor the progress of clients and update programs. Give emergency first aid if needed. Assist clients with nutrition needs to meet their fitness goals. Personal fitness trainers work with an individual or small group. Group fitness instructors organize and lead group exercise classes. Specialized fitness instructors teach popular conditioning methods, such as pilates and yoga. Fitness directors oversee a gym or other type of health organization. They often handle scheduling, ordering new equipment, and budgeting.

In 1999, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded $27,300 as the average base salary for fitness trainers. By 2019, average base salaries rose to $45,110. Wages grew by $17,810 (or $890 yearly) from 1999-2019. The estimated 2020 average base salary would be $46,001, using $890 as the average yearly income. If trends were to continue, by 2029, the average base salary would be $54.015.

Here is how the 2019 base salaries break down by Percentile. There is a $54,290 difference between the 10th Percentile and the 90th Percentile.

10th Percentile: $21,110 (starting salary for fitness instructor)
25th Percentile: $26,910
50th Percentile (Median Salary): $40,390
75th Percentile: $57,470
90th Percentile: $75,400

The job market for fitness trainers has grown since 1999. In 1999, there were 127,310 employed fitness trainers. By 2019, there were 325,500 employed fitness trainers. From 1999 – 2019, there was a growth of 198,190 employed fitness trainers (+9,910 per year).

The government is predicting a 15% growth in fitness trainers over the next ten years. By 2029, they are predicting 374,325 employed fitness trainers. This will be due to the following: Corporations trying to get their employees healthy to reduce insurance costs. Continued emphasis on combating obesity. Increasing people doing yoga especially retired baby boomers.

About 11% of personal and fitness trainers are self employed.

Almost all fitness trainers have at least a high school diploma before entering the occupation. More and more employers require fitness trainers to have a certification, associates, or bachelor’s degree.

You really only need a certification to become a fitness trainer or personal trainer. No bachelor’s degree is required.


  1. I literally made nothing being a personal trainer 5 years ago. I worked at a number of different gyms. Doing classes pays more than a one on one session. One gym paid me $30 for a session and $45 for a group class. That was really good. The other gyms paid just commission base but if your client was a no show you got nothing or minimum wage for the hour session the client didn’t show up for, it depends on the gym I worked at. It was definitely an unstable and unpredictable career. I never could get a full schedule so I could only do it on the side. It’s really had to get a full time personal training position, they practically don’t exist or are taken. You don’t get any health, vision, or dental benefits. The only perk is a free gym membership. I ended up losing money I made on gas.

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