Washington DC Personal trainer salary
If you are new and don't have a core clientèle, you NEED to work for a company. It really helps to live in a major metropolitan city as well so move if you can. You will make significantly less other places. The gym may take a large cut but it's easier to get leads.
Establish yourself with client before/after pics! THEY ARE YOUR RESUME (get your clients permission to use them of course). When you have just a couple of good ones, you are set for life and can always make that skeptical lead into a sure lead.
Today I sell 19 out of 20 leads. No lie. If they doubt my skill, I just bring out the before and afters. Works every time.
When you have established yourself in the gym, GET A WEBSITE and move to independent. These gyms are hard to find but most major cities have at least one. Now that you have your proof of results, you can keep 100% of your earnings and all your clients need to do is purchase a membership.
Today I utilize a waiting list on my website and sell my availability on ebay to the highest bidder. Not all trainers may have the demand to do this, but I have been fortunate to be blessed with the talent and skill I have learned.
Be patient, you will be broke your first year. Long hours translated into only 21k for me my first year, 32k my second, 45k my third, 55k my fourth, 62k my fifth, and now that I moved to independent, If I maintain my current level of 40 sessions per week, I should make no less than $150,000.
Be patient..good trainers go far and bad trainers go nowhere. Give it a shot, I never knew I could ever make it this far but I stuck with it and it's gravy train from here.