What do you think my "worth" is?
Hey, I recently completed a bunch of school work and am now looking to get a job, I have been looking into Management positions at big name gyms around my area and realized I really have no idea what I should be asking for. I have a lot of work experience, but none in actual personal training/management. That being said, I have several certifications/degrees that I will list, so if you guys could help me ballpark a figure, what do you think I should be asking? I have the following
A.A. In Criminal Justice (Can list as an A.A. in Liberal Arts)
B.S. in Marketing Management
NCSF Certified Personal Trainer
NCSF Sport Nutrition Specialist
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
NASM Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist
ACE Group Fitness Instructor
PennFoster Career Diploma in Personal Training
PennFoster Certificate in Wellness
P90X Certified Instructor
I can speak Spanish
I have other credentials that aren't related to the field, so they are not listed, as well as general skills such as mac/windows proficiency, network troubleshooting skills, customer service experience, ect.
What should I be asking?
No matter what value I can give you, I can guarantee that a gym elsewhere will hire someone for much more, or much less. Your potential employers are looking to see if you are a right match and if your demand of pay is agreeable with them. You can generally say that if the gym is very successful, you likely can ask for more as a starting wage. If the gym is small, starting out, or it's non-profit in nature, then you're not likely to get away with asking for a lot.
Here is my opinion:
Unfortunately, if you are going to work for someone else, you only worth what they are willing to pay you. If you want to make what you think you worth (which is probably more than what someone else will pay you), then you will have to work for yourself. I say this not to discourage you, but to point out that working for yourself could be a better option for you. The job market is very competitive right now, and while you have several certifications, you will be up against people who have years of experience in addition to those certifications. I think it would be particularly hard to find a position managing other people without some experience doing that (even if it's not in a gym environment).