How much you earn as a Personal Trainer really depends on you. According to Payscale, the average starting salary for fitness instructors is £19,459 per year, the lowest is £13,095 and the highest at £32,307. But Personal Trainers earn on average between £25K and £60K across the UK because Fitness Instructors are only Level 2 qualified, which only takes a few weeks to get, while a Personal Trainer is Level 3 qualified. It's not hard to become a PT but it takes longer than becoming a Fitness Instructor. Check this guide to see how to become a Personal Trainer.
This is the average personal trainer salary based on 25 hours per week
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|£50 per hour
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|£70 per hour
Experience and qualifications matters
There is a difference in earning between a Fitness Instructor (Level 2 qualified) and a newly qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer. The earning potential is significantly higher than that of a Level 2 Fitness Instructor. This is explained simply by the fact that PTs have a complete understanding of all the topics when completing the Level 3 Personal training courses.
You can start with Level 2 and over time you can build on your skill set and experience in order to command a higher fee.
To achieve £100/ hour you need to become an elite personal trainer. However, it takes a number of years of top-level effectiveness to become a top personal trainer.
What also impacts the salary of a personal trainer is specialization in a popular discipline, like for example, Cross Fit.
Location can boost or lower your hourly rate
According to Adzuna, the average personal trainer salary in London is £43K, while in Cheshire is £20K. In terms of hourly rate, in London, you can earn £80 to £100, in Cheshire £20 to £30.
Cumberland, Briston and Oxford are above £35K on average, while Staffordshire and Sussex are close to £20K per year.
You must also consider expenses because in London are much higher than in Cheshire, so even if you charge less you might end up having more money at the end of a session.
New employed personal trainers
As a newly appointed personal trainer, your pay can be at £15K- £24K. To earn £24,000 per year you 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 book twice a week your services.
Starting to work in a gym as a new personal trainer with little experience offers more security and clients guarantee than being a freelance as you know you are being paid each month and you have a certain number of clients.
For this reason, the pay is lower than if you would work as a freelance. However, this is a great way to work your way up to management.
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 normally trainers have 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 that pay.
Also, you 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 and qualifications and taxes.
Some personal trainers end up being celebrities when they start to have clients such as premier league footballers, TV stars, actors, singers, F1 drivers and then earn in excess of £100K/ year.
Developing your knowledge across many aspects of fitness and health, business and marketing, branding, years of experience as PT and networking are key to success. Some elite personal trainers earn also outside this activity simply because they are famous and 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.
Aside from social media, to earn from your personal brand you can start publishing books, modelling, becoming fitness champion like Shaun Stafford or starting your own business like Nick Mitchell.
To see which speciality plays a role in raising your hourly rates, 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. 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.
Not only, there are lots of potential clients looking for personal trainers on Google and social media every day, but also having a website allows trainers to present their work, portfolio and experiences to the wider public. On Google, every month there are 22,000 searches for personal trainers across the UK.
Not only this but also searches for “personal trainers near me” on Google increased 300% in the last 5 years totalling 9,900 searches a month.
Average Personal Trainer salary by employer
All these following salaries are depending on location, experience and sessions per week.
Nuffield Health: £18K - £42K
Fitness First: £25K - £75K
David Lloyd: up to £30K+ OTE
LifeStyle Fitness: up to £50K
Roko: £18K to £30K in a self-employed position
Pro-Fit: from £20K to £50 in a self-employed position
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