The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the median annual income for fitness trainers is currently $38,160, but how much does a full- or part-time specialty trainer earn per hour? IHRSA's 2018 U.S. Fitness Professional Outlook report indicates that trainers can earn anywhere between $23 and $31 per hour, with part-time employees often earning more per hour than full-time employees.
"The willingness on the part of clubs to pay Pilates, yoga and cycling instructors a higher wage suggests that operators place a high value on specialized expertise among fitness professionals," the report states. "This appears to be especially true for yoga, Pilates and cycling, which have experienced an influx of participants, calling for additional instruction in these disciplines."
The report's authors note that while hourly wages do not represent an employee's entire compensation package, wages and benefits are typically concurrent with the national economy.
"During lean times, even marginal cutbacks can make a considerable difference to a club’s bottom line," the report states.
Find out how each instructor type ranks by full- and part-time hourly pay in this gallery. (All dollar amounts are based on averages.)
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