Part-time personal trainers work less than a 40-hour week, with fewer than 20 hours being typical. Though benefits are far less likely, part-time jobs enable trainers to develop a reputation in their area. They also start creating a client network that often forms the base of a full-time schedule later in their careers.
Part-time personal trainers make $25.13 per hour or $18,650 per year for an average schedule of 15.95 hours per week. This is according to the American Council on Exercise, which carried out a salary survey in 2010. Those trainers with advanced certification, such as Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach, made higher part-time wages at $26.23 per hour or $20,588 per year, for slightly more hours of work at 16.20 per work.
Though the number of hours worked by part-time personal trainers varied only slightly by region of the country, the salaries they received showed big differences. Salaries were lowest in the Pacific Northwest, for example, which included Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Pay here was $21.08 per hour or $16,225 per year, for an average of 16.09 hours of work per week. Wages were highest in the Southwest, which included California, Nevada and Arizona. Pay here ran $28.44 per hour or $21,006 per year for an average 16.10 hours of work per week.
Actual job titles made a difference in compensation for part-time personal trainers. Personal trainers, for example, made $24.57 per hour or $18,648 per year for 16.38 per week. As group fitness instructors, they worked only 7.5 hours per week for only $24.05 per hour or $8,538 per year. Advanced health and fitness specialists made $27.19 per hour or $25,470 per year for 19.17 hours of work. Pilates instructors got $26.57 per hour or $21,560 per year for 15.46 hours of work.
Full-time fitness professionals typically received such benefits as paid vacation, sick time, life insurance, 401K plan, disability and employee assistance programs. Only about a quarter received no benefits. About 70 percent of part-timers received no benefits. Their most common perk was an employee discount, for example, to classes at their employing gym. A paid vacation only went to 8 percent of part-timers, while only 5 percent had any sick leave.