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How much does a Personal Trainer earn in Australia?

March 1, 2024
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You’re thinking about becoming a Personal Trainer and you want to know, how much does a Personal Trainer in Australia earn?

Great question!

The answer is, it depends on a number of factors. The good news is that in this blog, I’ll go over these variables so by the end of reading this you have a better understanding of how a Personal Trainer salary works in Australia and what to look out for when starting.

Location Matters

Firstly location, plays a significant role in determining the amount that you can charge.

City areas like Sydney & Melbourne, PT’s can charge higher amounts, due to cost of living, demand, competition and client demographics. Clients often have a higher disposable income and are willing to pay more for premium services. Cost of living is also higher, therefore demanding higher rates to cover costs of personal expenses like rent, insurances, food etc for the Personal Trainer’s.

Even within the cities prices can vary considerably. For example, think of Double Bay for instance, often named ’double pay’, rates for PT’s there can be higher. Compared to another Sydney location like Burwood for instance.

From a location perspective, then you have the smaller cities or rural areas. Rates of pay vary considerably in smaller cities or rural areas too. Often due to the cost of living being lower & fewer facilities. Clients in rural areas may have lower incomes and be more price-sensitive, requiring trainers to offer more affordable rates to remain competitive.

  Experience – How much experience & in what specific areas?

The pay rate for a Personal Trainer can differ greatly depending on their experience level and any additional skills or specialties they possess.

An individual who has recently completed their qualifications with limited to no experience will typically not be able to command as high rates as someone with years of experience who has trained hundreds of clients.

Likewise, any additional training and specialities also bumps the rate up. Those trained in niches such as Olympic Lifting, Pre & Post Natal, Seniors Fitness & Body Building & Physique Competitions can command more.

 Employment

Most Personal Trainer’s aren’t employed, they are more contractors, which I’ll go into more detail later. Some people are employed, which is those people who work at Leisure Centre or Aquatic Centre. Technically, you don’t need to be a Personal Trainer to do that, you can be a  Gym Instructor or Fitness Instructor to do that. 

These rates can vary and are often set as a minimum based on the current employment award in your state. 

Group Fitness Classes

Another option is teaching Group Fitness Classes. You also don’t need to be a Personal Trainer to do this with a Certificate III and be a Group Fitness Instructor. Here is how the pay works here. Typically, you are paid per class which can vary anywhere from $30 to $65/hr.

Contracting

The next thing is contracting which is common in most Big box gyms. Often there is a start-up fee which covers onboarding, training and uniforms and from there it’s a rental based structure. You pay a set amount to the gym every week. Typically these rents can vary from $200-$400 a week depending upon location. So, anything you make each week from your client’s is yours to take home minus the rental fee to the gym. Regardless of how busy you are, the rent is a set amount each week.

Revenue share

The other option is revenue share. There isn’t a rental based structure, rather a % of the revenue instead. Therefore, if the agreed amount is 50% split, and the client pays $100, then the gym or facility takes $50 and you as the Personal Trainer take home $50.

Bootcamp

Another option is running Bootcamps. The pay structure can vary with these also based on location, what is being offered and any add-ons.

Some Bootcamp Instructors charge per class, others per week often with unlimited classes. Things like nutrition plans, accountability groups or add ons like Yoga, Pilates or Stretching Sessions can also bump up the amount the Personal Trainer earns as well.

Typically rates for Personal Trainer’s to lead Bootcamps can vary from $35 to $60 an hour.

So how much can a Personal Trainer earn? 

Job website, Seek says that the average annual salary for Personal Trainers in Australia ranges from $70K to $90K a year. 

Although this data only pulls from the jobs that have been advertised on Seek. Whereas as mentioned above, many Personal Trainers work as contractors and therefore can earn much higher amounts than stated on the jobs advertised through seek. Experienced and specialised trainers can often earn six-figure incomes.

So How much can you earn as a Personal Trainer in Australia?

The earning potential for personal trainers in Australia is influenced by various factors including location, experience, employment arrangements, and specialization. Rates can vary from $25/hr up to $65/hr for gym based work & teaching classes etc. Whilst working for yourself as a contractor in your own business or with the Big Box gyms can see you earning upwards of $50K towards 6 figures & beyond. 

PS: Looking to become a Personal Trainer? Check our Certificate III and IV in Fitness

Related Resources:

How to become a Personal Trainer
How to Become a Personal Trainer in Australia
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Jono is the co-founder and director at Fitness Education Online. Fitness Education Online is one of the leading providers in the world when it comes to delivering online education to Fitness Professionals, providing over 30 registered CEC courses.

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