If you’ve thought about becoming a fitness trainer or aerobics instructor, you may have wondered how and where you can make the most money. This article will give you some information on what types of companies you should pursue employment with and even where you should consider moving to make the most out of your career financially.
Wages Earned by Industry
If you become a fitness trainer or aerobics instructor, your average salary will be about $31,720 a year, or $15.25 an hour. The lowest 10% of earners only make about $8.48 an hour, or $17,630 annually. On the other hand, those in the 90th percentile of earners or above make about $31.99 per hour, or $66,530 a year. How much you make will depend on how long you have been working in the field, your education level, your skill level, and in what type of industry you work, among other factors. You’ll make the most money, on average (about $53,760 annually) if you work for an insurance carrier. Other high-paying industries are business, professional, labor, and political organizations (average of $48,480 annual salary); in activities related to real estate ($45,470); for grant making and giving services ($43,940); and for businesses involved in spectator sports ($43,720). Unfortunately, none of these industries employ more than 1% of fitness trainers and instructors in the U.S. The industries that employ the most people in this position are amusement and recreation industries (this includes health clubs), civic and social organizations, local government, schools, and other personal services.
Statistics by Geography
Another factor that dictates both wages earned and how many trainers and instructors are employed is geography. You may be more or less likely to run into other people with your job and support yourself comfortably depending on what city and state in which you reside. The states that employ the most people in this occupation are California, Illinois, New York, Florida, and Texas. This is no surprise, as they are all large states that employ a lot of people in general. If you look at location quotient, however, it is a different story. This term refers to the number of jobs out of 1,000 that are devoted to one specific occupation – in this case, fitness trainers and instructors. The states with the highest location quotient are Massachusetts, Kansas, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Illinois (note how Illinois makes both lists). If you ask the same question by city, as opposed to state, you see a similar trend. For level of employment, all the metropolitan areas that make the list are populous cities overall (Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, D.C., etc.). But if you look at it by location quotient, the list looks like this: Lawrence, Kansas; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Haverhill, Massachusetts; Missoula, Montana; and Boulder, Colorado. In terms of wages, the highest-paying states are New York ($53,730), California ($47,790), New Jersey ($47,520), Massachusetts ($45,320), and D.C. ($43,120). The highest-paying cities are New York; San Francisco; Lowell, Massachusetts; Trenton, New Jersey; Santa Rosa, California; and Napa, California.