I remember thinking back to when I started as a Personal Trainer (PT) and considering how much I could earn. I would think to myself, "Most PTs charge about £30 per hour, and I could easily do 40 hours. That's nearly £5000 per month! I'm going to have so much money!"
Money was never the most significant driver for deciding to become a trainer, but being a student who had lived off eggs, tuna, 9p noodles and the cheapest alcohol money could buy for four long years, to say I was motivated to get out there and earn some money was an understatement.
You can earn a FANTASTIC salary as a Personal Trainer.
If you market yourself appropriately, get great results, deliver excellent customer service and find yourself working out of a gym that doesn't charge a bomb in rent, you can be earning £40000+ within a few years.
But this is rarely the situation the average PT finds themselves in.
There is a reason that 2 out of 3 trainers leave the fitness industry within two years; it is a lot harder than it first seems to get and keep clients, and then turn this into a profitable business.
In this article, I'll aim to breakdown how much you can expect to make as a Personal Trainer.
How Much is the average personal trainer salary?
According to PayScale (August 2018), the average PT can expect to make £19,482.
Within this average, the lowest 10th percentile earned £13,155, and the highest 10th percentile earned £32,897, which shows us we have some variability in how much you can earn. We would assume the lower percentile are working Part-Time (or they are making it harder for the rest of us by charging £10 per hour...)
The fitness industry is full of myths, misconceptions and bad information. When starting out in your career it’s hard to know what is right, what is wrong and how to tell the difference.