I currently run a studio and we are building and opening a fully equipped gym with memberships, fee based group fitness, etc. I hear that the going percentage is lower than it used to be. As low as 50% for training studios… but what is the standard for a trainer that works in a gym with memberships?
Based on IHRSA’s Employee Compensation & Benefits Report, clubs pay between $20 – $35 per hour to personal trainers. Participating clubs indicated a higher wage for specialty trainers, who have an advanced certification in a specialized area: up to $45 per hour. Below is a link to the report.
The report is based on responses from 84 clubs, representing 555 total facilities. So the actual rates can still vary from these ranges depending on the club’s location, business model, and target market. There are about 30,000 commercial clubs in the U.S., and I wouldn’t be surprised if the upscale/premium clubs or independent studios pay their trainers more than the average.
There are also other things you can consider for compensation beyond hourly pay such as health insurance, vacation/leave days, vouchers or financial assistance towards CEU’s, and maybe even incentive bonuses for client retention.
Hope that helps!
Full time personal training in my peak years was a 30 hour work week not 40. Additionally, many high end clubs used to be close to 50/50 but the packages were high cost for the client. My client would pay $129 and I would get $60. I believe today, 2 years later, I would get $40. The split may be the same, but the asking package price has come down. Private boutique clubs seemed to offer trainers more favorable splits to attract them, 60 to 70 split, again, what is the asking price? Work this out with your trainers. Shoot for win/win/win – client-trainer-owner.