UK Personal Trainer Jobs – How Much Can You Earn?

The role of a Personal Trainer (PT) can be a lucrative one for those with a strong work ethic and employ the right techniques in attracting clientele, but how much can be earnt? The answer to that question depends on a number of personal and industry factors.

Factor 1 – Where will you ply your trade?

There are numerous ways and locations that you can operate as a PT, however, easily the most frequent are:

  1. Employed by a gym or club
  2. Employed on a freelance basis by a gym or a club
  3. As a self employed independent

So, let’s take a look at what each method can earn a PT.

1 – Employed by a gym/club

Your basic Personal Trainer Salary will be determined by the establishment that employs you, so it is hard to be certain about an exact figure, but those solely employed on a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) basis tend to earn between £24-28k per annum. Just how much of this figure will be made up by salary and how much by personal clients will depend on the arrangement you have with them. Take a look at out latest Personal Trainer Jobs

2As a Freelancer in a gym

Some personal trainers work on a self-employed basis, operating under the umbrella of a health club, leisure centre or fitness club. This type of arrangement will involve a rental fee payable to the club for the use of its facilities and allows you to secure your own clients from amongst the club’s own clientele.

This can be a lucrative way to work, as those in affluent areas have an earnings potential somewhere between £40-60k per annum, however this can only be achieved with a lot of hard work and dedication to the cause.

3 – As an Independent

An independent will work much as a freelancer in a gym would, but without basing their work out of a fitness establishment. Whilst the earning ceiling for an independent is limitless, as it is a more entrepreneurial path that can offer great rewards, those rewards can involve bigger financial risks, so should be treated in the same way as any other business venture.

If you choose this path, make sure you do your sums and your research before you start.

In Summary

So, if you are thinking about becoming a PT, remember that you face big decisions before you start. Where do I operate and how do I operate? Get this right and you can have an enjoyable and prosperous career in the fitness industry.


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