You are all fortunate in the rates you are getting. I teach a 45 min indoor cycling class and receive $15/class. It is at a large regional chain club in the Western NY region. Instructors are very aware that they are receiving at least $5 less per class than other clubs compensate instructors regionally. I wish we could get more because as we all know, we spend a lot of personal time and money downloading songs and creating and choreographing playlists.
Karen, here’s a PS to my earlier answer. I also noticed that you provide classes at a Christian Center. If this is some sort of non-profit or religious based community center, they often do not charge their members a rate for participation as high as traditional commercial gyms. So you may also want to consider that if they are not charging the participants much, and if their mission is a non-profit one, they may not be in a position to pay exactly what you might expect if teaching classes in a commercial/for-profit gym.
Make sure that you’re comparing “apples-to-apples” when looking at what other cycle instructors in other facilities are being paid.
Hi Karen. Even though I did not weigh-in on your first question, I’d like to give an opinion on your 2d question above. I think that if your employer is prepared to give an overnight $5 per hour increase (which represents a 25% increase in what you have been making) that this may be something that you might want to consider taking. Albeit this may not be what you are asking for, but it seems to represent a “good faith” attempt by the employer. Is the $25/class within the range of pay for other indoor cycling instructors at other facilities? Also, as a negotiation tactic you may want to 1. accept the rate the employer is offering ($25 per class) and say something like “when your class begins to consistently have more participants” (say 15) you’d like to revisit your rate and bring it up to the $27 level. That way, you’re creating a win-win for each of you.
I hope that this helps.
Thanks Karin, Christina and Alice for your answers. I recently asked for an increase from $20.00 per class to $27.00. I teach the early bird class on Monday and Wednesday mornings 6am and the late evening class on Tuesday and Thursday at 8p. I found myself having to double back to teach from Tuesday 8p – Wednesday morning 6a. I’ve been doing this for about 8 months, my class participation is consistantly between 9-12. I was offered $25.00. Any suggestions?