This is a very important topic for my consideration of personal training, I realize that alot goes into how much you can make. This is the job I plan to have while in college therefore I need to have the ability to pay for my rent at the very least, main point of this is as a first time personal trainer with a nationaly accredited certification would it be reasonable to expect to make $1000 a month working no more than 30 hours a week?
At minimum I would expect even low end Personal Trainng positions to begin at $15/hr. As you would be just starting out, it would wise to keep any other job you have and build into the PT over time. Or possible get a part time job and then work into the PT career. If you take some time to gain the skills, you could be making much more than that in a reasonably short amount of time. I would look at this as a long range income position. And I know an accountant and a nurse who also work as Personal Trainers. It can more than a job. Personally, I am have to degrees and have coach and taught fitness all along.
Thank you for all of the feed back everyone! I am atending the University of Central Florida for college. To start out I plan to just work for a chain gym such as L.A. fitness or a fitness center such as the Y. I realize there is more earning potential in going off on your own yet as a college student It dosent seem like the best idea with zero experience. While I do not plan on this being my forever career I do love fintess and want to be able to use my knowledge to help others regardless of what carrer I go into, however, I hope for the best in this suporting me through college and as some stated even grad school.
Hi again Logan,
Just wanted to pass along one additional thought for you….
If you plan to teach or train (or both), the upside to fitness is you can set your own hours. This also happens to be a down side as well. Teaching and training hours are not necessarily back to back, so you may find yourself traveling back and forth a bit, as opposed to getting a large block of hours (which may work for you in a big gym). You may have a very scattered schedule as people train and take classes from early morning through the evening hours.
Sounds like you do have a passion for fitness which will work to your benefit, so it may be a beneficial way for you to earn money while in college. Good luck!
You may want to keep in mind that even at a chain gym, it will probably take time to get booked up to 30 hours per week. I know that LA fitness starts at $12/hour here in Arizona, and 24 hour fitness paid slightly better when they were here.
When applying for chain gyms, ask them about their session rate AND how much selling they do for you. 24 hour fitness paid me well per session, but I also had to do my own sales which meant I was walking the floor at minimum wage until I began to get booked more.
Even with the gym selling training for you, 30 hours may take several months to work up to.