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Personal Trainer Salary 2021

How much does a personal trainer earn?

How much a Personal Trainer earns depends on their qualifications and experience. On average Personal Trainers earn between £15K and £60K across the UK.

Fitness Instructor salaries are on average lower than that of a Personal Trainer, this is because a Fitness Instructor is qualified to Level 2 and a Personal Trainer is qualified at level 3. According to Payscale, the average starting salary for Fitness Instructors is £17,115 per year. The lowest is £15,000 and the highest at £25,000.

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Average Personal Trainer Salary


The table shows the average personal trainer salary based on 25 hours per week as a guide.

Average income based on 25 hours a weekWeekly IncomeMonthly IncomeYearly Income
£20 per hour £500 £2,000 £24,000
£30 per hour £750 £3,000 £36,000
£40 per hour £1,000 £4,000 £48,000
£50 per hour £1,250 £5,000 £60,000
£60 per hour £1,500 £6,000 £72,000
£70 per hour £1,750 £7,000 £84,000

Experience and qualifications matter for a Personal Trainer's salary

Level 2 Fitness Instructor Vs Level 3 Personal Trainer

As a fully qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer the earning potential is significantly higher than that of a Level 2 Fitness Instructor. This is due to the additional knowledge gained by a Personal Trainer when studying a Level 3 Personal Trainer course.

Build your skillset

A Level 2 Fitness Instructor Course is the starting point in the fitness industry. From here you can build on your skills and experience to charge a higher fee or even go on to study a Level 3 Personal Trainer Course to increase your salary even more. As a Level 3 Personal Trainer you can then build on your skillset through Continuous Personal Development (CPD) Courses.

Achieve More

As a highly experienced and qualified elite personal trainer you can earn up to £100/hour. It takes many years of experience and personal development to reach this level but a Level 4 Personal Training Course is a perfect launchpad to this high level of qualification and salary.

Location can boost or lower your hourly rate

Your salary as a Personal Trainer will also vary based on your service area. According to Payscale, the average personal trainer salary in London is £25,000, with hourly rates between £17-£62. Whereas in Nottingham a Personal Trainer earns an average of £17,554 and hourly rates are between £10-£25.

It is also important to consider your expenses when it comes to your service area. In London you may have higher expenses such as travel and living costs compared to Nottingham where your expenses may not be as high.


New employed personal trainers

As a newly qualified personal trainer, your pay can be between £15K- £24K. To earn £24,000 per year you will need to work 25 hours a week at £20 per hour. To have 25 hours booked in a week, you need 12 -13 regular clients who use your services twice a week.

Starting off your Personal Training career in a gym offers more security and higher potential for clients than starting as a freelance Personal Trainer. In a gym you will have a fixed salary and will build a client base on top of this.

For this reason, working as a Personal Trainer in a gym offers lower pay than working as a freelance Personal Trainer. However, this is a great way to start your career and work your way up to freelance or even gym management..

What do Personal Trainers do?


The role of a personal trainer will vary depending on their level of experience and qualifications and Personal Trainer Salaries are reflective of this.

Personal Trainers earn on average between £15k and £60k across the UK. This is dependent on several factors including; Qualifications, Experience, Personal Branding, Specialisations, Digital marketing, employer, and whether they choose to be self-employed or employed.

What do you do as a Personal Trainer?

Once you are a qualified Level 3 personal trainer you will:

  • Coach and advise clients
  • Create workout plans
  • Perform fitness assessments
  • Provide advice
  • Provide Feedback

5 Skills & Qualities Required to be a personal trainer

A qualified Personal Trainer will be:

  • Creative
  • Knowledgeable
  • Strong communication skills
  • Open-Minded
  • Motivational

Self-employed Personal Trainers

If you look to earn £60K every year, you need to be self-employed, charge £50 per hour and work 35 hours a week. This means having between 15 and 20 regular clients booking two sessions a week. Creating new relationships, being good at marketing and sales and reaching your clients' goals will also help you to reach this pay.

You will also need to take into account what is deducted from these figures. For a freelance personal trainer, expenses can be high, they include insurance, property rental, cost of specialised courses, qualifications and taxes.

Personal branding

Elite personal trainers have the potential to work with high profile clients such as premier league footballers, TV stars, actors, singers and F1 drivers. Personal trainers working with this level of client have the potential to earn up to £100k per year.

Developing your knowledge across many aspects of fitness and health, business and marketing, branding, years of experience as a PT and networking are key to success. Some elite personal trainers earn outside this activity simply because they have accumulated a large audience on their social media channels. For example, some Instagram celebrities with millions of followers can charge up to £25,000 to sponsor a product. According to the BBC, once you get 30,000 followers you could be looking at £750 per post.

Specialisations

As a Personal Trainer there are endless opportunities for Continuous Personal Development (CPD) which enables you to specialise in specific areas and raise your hourly rate to reflect a higher level of expertise.

We have found that Kettlebells, sports nutrition , lower back pain exercises, suspension equipment , treating GP referred client , pre-and post-natal exercises and weight loss management are the most required specialisms. These are part of the Level 4 Personal Training Diploma.


Digital marketing and sales

Being found online is a must for personal trainers as the web can bring extra clients and followers. While it's hard to quantify exactly how much more you can earn with digital, it's definitely a field worth exploring. Tailoring your services to an online audience is vital for the success if your career and there are now specific courses available to enable you to effectively and efficiently take your training online .

There are lots of potential clients looking for personal trainers on Google and social media every day, having a website allows trainers to present their work, portfolio and experiences to the wider public. On Google, every month there are 27,000 searches for personal trainers across the UK.

Not all personal training courses will teach you these skills so it is important to make sure you choose a course that will equip you with the skillset needed to launch a successful career. Future Fit Personal Training courses include business modules and ongoing business support as well as access to a Career Toolkit which contains valuable recourses to support you and your business.


How much do PT's make?

Average Personal Trainer salary by the employer

On average Personal Trainers earn between £15K and £60K across the UK. All these following salaries are depending on location, experience and sessions per week.

Nuffield Health: £13K - £40K

Fitness First: £17K - £98K

David Lloyd: up to £30K+ OTE

Pure Gym: £16K - £75K

The Gym Group: £15K - £97K

Snap Fitness: £34K - £61K

Anytime Fitness: £18K - £41K

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