How much can you earn as a Personal Trainer?
January 4, 2018
January 4, 2018
If you are passionate about your fitness, then you might be considering a career in the fitness industry. However, the most common question we get asked is – how much can you earn as a personal trainer?
Well the answer is not an easy one – the earnings of personal trainers across the UK vary dramatically, and as a client-based business it is ultimately down to the hard work and dedication of your craft.
Within a gym, there are usually three kinds of positions available, and with each position the earnings are different. Becoming increasingly less popular is the salary based instructor/personal trainer position. In this role, you would work set hours for a gym performing any tasks required – helping out new members with inductions, performing gym based classes/circuits, or personal training members as part of their membership. The earnings in this type of position are generally the lowest with national statistics showing around £19-£20,000 per year.
The second position many gyms offer is bring employed on a pay as you earn basis. You are paid by your gym, but this is usually on a commission basis, depending on how many personal training sessions you complete. Many of the higher-end gyms such as David Lloyd and Virgin Active offer their members personal training packages, which the members pay or subscribe to through their membership. The employed personal trainers in the gym then conduct these sessions, and are paid a percentage of the fees charged to the member. Typical earnings in this role would be £25-£35,000, and could be significantly higher depending on the club, and location. Many large city based health clubs charge their members high fees for personal training sessions as well as having a large personal training culture, which leads to a high demand for work, and income.
The third and increasingly popular position you will find in a gym is a self-employed personal trainer. These PTs work within a gym, and pay a regular ‘rent’ in order to use the facilities. In return, the personal trainers receive access to all the members and facilities, and also receive significant business and training support from the gym. Rather than paying the gym, members pay the personal trainer directly for the session, and this is how the PT generates an income. The earnings of these type of personal trainers vary significantly depending on how many sessions are completed. However, the national average for personal training is £35 per hour, and up to £85 in some of the larger cities, so completing a (modest) 20-30 sessions per week would lead to earnings of £40,000-£50,000 or more before costs. Working in your own business, the sky is your limit and it is ultimately down to you.
Long term, personal trainers often expand their businesses to employ more staff, or diversify into different areas – strength and conditioning with sports teams, massage, physio, nutrition, or even online businesses which allow PT’s to scale and earn significantly more.
Ultimately as a personal trainer you control your own destiny – and this is what appeals to so many of our students starting off in the fitness industry. How much can you earn as a personal trainer? Well the answer is up to you…
For more information on studying to become a personal trainer with Career College UK, check out our page here.