What determines your salary as a personal trainer?

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Like any career, salaries vary hugely from those just starting out to those pros who’ve hit the big time. The same is true for personal trainers – whether it’s your experience, qualifications or even the city or town you’re working in, the money you earn will vary accordingly.

To help you boost your income, we’ve taken a look at the best ways to add to your skills and offer services that’ll keep clients coming back for more.

What qualifications do you have?

It’s essential to invest in certifications that’ll show clients that you know your stuff. The more qualifications you have, the more reputable you’ll be as a trainer – and this should allow you to charge more.

If you can take the time to become an expert in a fitness niche or two – such as weight loss or bootcamps – you’ll have another reason to charge more for your services.

When you’re looking for training to top up your CV, make sure you turn to respected schools to ensure all your studying will be recognised.

Expand your experience

Good things come to those who wait; the longer you’re a personal trainer, the greater your experience and the more clients are likely to pay for your services. Even if you’ve been in the game for a long time, though, remember to stay up to date with the latest fitness trends to ensure your existing clients stay interested – and you’re attracting new ones.

Location, location, location

Where you live can make all the difference to your salary. If you’re based in London, for example, personal trainers are able to charge higher rates due to a general importance placed on image, and higher disposable incomes generally. If you’re based in a smaller town, there may be fewer potential clients around to train.

Fixed salary vs. hourly wages

How you’re paid will affect your salary, too – are you planning to be a freelancer, or working within a gym with a fixed income? Some employers will pay you by the hour, while others will set you up on their payroll so your salary is fixed.

What services do you offer?

If you specialise in an area of fitness that’s hot right now, or a niche that never goes out of fashion (such as weight loss), you can expect to up your prices to match your (hopefully!) increased demand. Also, consider whether you want to run larger classes, offer one-on-one training or a combination of both. Once you’ve scouted out demand in your area, you’ll be able to suss out which is likely to be more popular – and profitable.

There are so many variables when it comes to personal training, and therefore the prices can change for their services. So, it’s all about figuring out what works for you, and how to choose work that suits you, while earning enough to fund a lifestyle you enjoy.

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