Hi Jenny. If your question is how much does a beginning instructor make, there are many, many variables to consider in order to answer your question. Local pay scale, certifications/education held, type of instructor (specialty versus general), type of class, number of attendees, location/organization teaching for and more.
If you can be a bit more specific, members of the forum may be of more assistance. That being said, in my opinion your best source for this information will be local instructors since they will have a better handle on what instructors in your specific location command.
I hope that this helps. Good luck!
I want to echo Meryl. At the club where I teach, instructors are paid the same for the same type of class whether they just got their certification or are veteran instructors of many years.
There is a slightly higher pay for classes requiring a special certification (but that is really negligible).
The clubs I used to teach at did have different rates for different instructors. The new instructors started at a lower rate. They did pay more for specialty instructors (yoga, Pilates), but experience did count. Those of us who built a following were also able to negotiate a higher rate, but of course that won’t apply to a new instructor.
Pay for new instructors will vary and depend on many factors. Experience and type of certification may have an impact on pay. Pilates and yoga instructors may make more.
If you work for a community center or local Y, then your pay may be lower than if you work for a large chain/corporate gym. Rates will also vary depending on where you live.
ACE Fitness has a few income surveys as I’m sure other agencies have done. It may be reasonable to expect anywhere from $15-25 an hour depending on where you live.
Again, many factors are involved.