I was offered a 1099 training opportunity at a local gym, but the LOW hourly rate suprised me (I know W2 trainers who make a higher hourly rate.) – also that there was an hourly rate for an indep contractor. There is the potential of earning 5% of sales, but as a 1099 there are no benefits and I have to add the gym as an additional insured on my policy. It seems that while I am taking on all the responsibility, the gym is making all the money – or am I missing something? Shouldn’t it be more of a split? What kinds of hourly rates should be expected these days for contract trainers?
I think your assessment of the situation is accurate. I was offered more as a 1099 than what I was getting in the gym chain. I don’t know what kind of facility this is, but don’t be afraid to shop around to locally owned studios, especially ones that don’t have the kind of training you offer. Also, know what you’re worth. What is the lowest you can accept without starving? It’s okay to walk away from a complicated, low-ball offer and negotiate something better.
IDEA’s Fitness Industry Trends Compensation Survey contains a question that gathers this ratio. If you’re a member, you can access findings with this link:
The typical fee split reported by the 354 respondents that completed the survey was 60/40.
If its a chain gym I wouldn’t expect much. If its a training studio I offer 1099’s 50% for the first month (no less than $15/session) and raise that to around 60% within their 1st year depending on their experience and performance. I do expect them to add the additional insured as well though. I will only take on NCCA accredited certified professionals as personal trainers or those with related college credentials and a proven work history so I believe they deserve decent pay for their time.
Houly rates can vary. It has been my observation they swing from $12 to $60 in a gym. It is based on your certifications, your educational background, your experience, and, of course location. The upside is exposure to potential clients, establishing relationships, and steady income. The downside has always been for me, monthly meetings, and the company taking a large chunk of the earnings.
However, it seems to me, if you are new to training, exposure, exposure exposure, is what brings you clients. The additional insured COI is not an additional fee with Philadelphia Insurance Company so check with your provider.