Even as the years change it is the one question that I get asked more than any other... How much money does a personal trainer make?
Average Personal Trainer Salary Forecast for 2014
In 2014, the personal trainer profession is likely going to increase dramatically in areas that are showing strong economic recovery. This means that it’s a great time to join the profession all across the board, but especially in areas where the average personal trainer salary is climbing the most, which in some areas can be as high as 20 percent. Here’s a brief run down on how the personal trainer average income is looking based on different factors. And you can use our personal trainer salary calculator below to get predications for your region and circumstances.
The larger the city, the larger the average personal trainer salary will likely be. For example, in bigger cities that are showing more growth, like Boston, Massachusetts, the average personal trainer salary jumps to as much as $50k, with plenty of potential in the $60k region and up.
In more remote areas, like South Dakota, this drop closes to $30,000-$40,000 thousand dollars a year. So if you want the highest possible rate in the job, then you need a larger city and a region with more people, with the North East being just one example.
Years of Experience
Years of experience make a significant difference in average pay as well. For example, in the Boston area the 25th percentile comes in around $39,000 thousand dollars if you have 1 year of experience. If you have 2 to 5 years of experience, it jumps by 4 thousand dollars, which is a significant increase. If you have more than 6 years it jumps again by another thousand dollars or so at least. So, years of experience can make a huge difference on the whole range, and especially on the average personal trainer salary. Of course this makes sense because the more experience you have, the more value you can bring to your clients. This leads to referrals and a rowing business.
Number of Certifications
There are obviously various certifications you can get all related to the field. The number that you have can have a significant effect on your salary. In Boston, for example, the average jumps three thousand dollars right away merely by going from 1 certification to 2. If you add a third, then it jumps another thousand dollars or so across the board, with someone who only has a year of experience as an employee in Boston being able to make as much as $83,000 or more on the high end of the spectrum.
But remember, certifications are not magic. You can't just waive them in front of your clients and expect them to pay more. You have to continually add knowledge as a personal trainer so you can benefit your clients more.
Type of Employment
Another important consideration when talking about average personal trainer salary is what type of employment you want. For example, working at a gym as an employee might seem like it has a certain amount of stability to it, but in actuality the independent trainer job often makes considerably more money. For example, the average is at least a thousand dollars higher in general in areas like Boston if you decide to be an independent personal trainer instead of working only in a gym.
Overall, the average for personal trainers is looking up these days, but the closer you live to a populous area, and the more experience and certifications you have, the better you are likely to do.
by Katie Donnelly
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