The average hourly rate for a Personal Trainer is £40 with some trainers earning up to the £100 mark in private training studios and top city centre clubs.
So, can you make good money as a Personal Trainer? Of course, you can, but just like with anything it takes dedication to learn your trade, understand your target client and market yourself well.
Some course providers advertise that you can earn upward of £50k a year, but they don’t tell you how to actually earn that once you’ve completed the course.
To earn this figure, you’d be looking at around 24 hours a week at £40 an hour, which isn’t too bad earnings wise for the number of hours. But you then have a few other things to consider…
Many gyms now employ Personal Trainers on a freelance basis which means you pay them rent to use their facilities. Rent costs jump around from facility to facility and city to city, but let’s say it’s £500 a month.
This has just taken £6,000 off your £50,000 income, but not a massive amount to make back. Around 3 sessions a week will cover your monthly rent based on these figures.
Tax, National Insurance and expenses need to be considered too. If you live on the outskirts of London for example and are drawn in by the higher hourly rate, you need to consider the gym rent will be higher and the possibility of travel costs on top.
Being freelance you will be able to claim all expenses, such as travel back on your tax return, but it will be something to consider as it’s still an outgoing expense each month.
Anything work related such as uniform, insurance, additional courses, equipment can all be claimed back against your tax return too.
There are some gyms/health clubs that take on employed Personal Trainers, meaning that they pay you a monthly wage, take care of your tax and national insurance, provide your uniform and a facility to work from.
However, most still tend to take a “rent” from your wage by taking a percentage of the hourly Personal Training fee you receive, plus all Personal Training is likely to be off shift.
This means that you may be contracted for 40 hours in the gym at a set wage, earning around £10-£12 an hour, then you do your Personal Training sessions around those set hours. If you had 20 clients a week, you’re now working 60 hours a week.
For the 20 hours that you’re doing the gym will take a cut, which could be more than 50%.
Meaning your 60 hours a week, before tax, National Insurance and travel, is earning you around £42,000 a year.
If you’re looking to get into the industry freelance Personal Training is the more profitable route as you can see from above. Please note these are only a rough number to show you the possibilities.
We always recommend to our students to start off in a commercial gym, even if part-time or one shift on a weekend, to get a foot in the door, get used to working with all different types of members and clients to then transition to a freelance trainer down the line.
If you’d like to discuss this article further, don’t hesitate to get in contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
Karl is the Company Owner of The PT Mentor UK. Having qualified as a Personal Trainer himself almost 20 years ago, he's been helping others step into the fitness industry since 2010 by delivering the latest courses and on-going support to help them succeed.