Many people find themselves attracted to a career in personal training but get discouraged because they believe the pay isn’t great. In reality, personal training can provide a fun, flexible career with solid earnings.
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According to O*NET Online, personal training is a quickly growing job field, with growth from 2010-2020 projected to be faster than average at 20 percent to 28 percent. The median annual wage in 2012 was $31,720, but fitness trainers have the opportunity to earn much more.
Don Farquharson, president of WellSpring, said, “Right out of the box, a first year trainer might expect to earn around $26,000 to $31,000 a year, which isn’t bad at all. However, the top 25th percentile of personal trainers are averaging $47,000 a year. Not only that, but many successful independent trainers make $60 to $80 per hour with a couple dozen clients every week. These people are pulling in $60,000 to $80,000 a year.”