Personal Training in Illinois

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Schools Offering Personal Training Programs in Illinois

Around 0.0% of Illinois's graduates graduate from personal training degree programs every year. Thus, Illinois' 18 personal training schools put out approximately 118 personal trainers each year.

Top Schools

Elmhurst College, which was ranked 35th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a personal training program. It is located in Elmhurst. In 2010, Elmhurst College graduated no students from its personal training program. Elmhurst College charged in-state students $28,660 in tuition fees per year.

North Central College, which was ranked 35th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a personal training program. It is located in Naperville. 4 students graduated with degree in personal training from North Central College in 2010. The tuition rate at North Central College was $28,224 per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois that has a personal training program is Millikin University. Millikin University, which was ranked 38th in the country in 2010, is located in Decatur. 5 students graduated with degree in personal training from Millikin University in 2010. Students at Millikin University paid $27,525 per year in tuition fees.


Tuition at Illinois' personal training schools ranges from $28,660 per year to $3,010 per year. But, the average tuition is $19,028 per year. In 2010, the following Illinois personal training schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Elmhurst College - located in Elmhurst, students are charged $28,660 per year
  2. North Central College - located in Naperville, students are charged $28,224 per year
  3. Millikin University - located in Decatur, students are charged $27,525 per year

The following Illinois personal training schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College - located in Chicago, students are charged $3,010 per year
  2. Eastern Illinois University - located in Charleston, students are charged $9,987 per year
  3. Western Illinois University - located in Macomb, students are charged $10,149 per year

A personal training degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Most people who graduate from personal training school in Illinois go on to work as a personal trainer. Illinois had 10,950 personal trainers in 2010. The Illinois counties with the largest populations of personal trainers are:

  1. Cook County - 8,080 personal trainers
  2. Lake County - 530 personal trainers
  3. Adams County - 300 personal trainers

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of personal trainers in the state of Illinois will grow to 17,750. This would require a 30% growth in the profession.


A personal trainer in Illinois makes an average of $34,730 per year. However, this number is only an average. personal trainers in Illinois had varying salaries from $15,690 to $84,820 per year in 2010. On average a personal trainer earns the most in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Lake County - $51,470 per year
  2. McLean County - $40,190 per year
  3. Champaign County - $38,710 per year

The following counties in Illinois have the lowest average salaries for personal trainers:

  1. Macon County - $19,820 per year
  2. Edwards County - $20,250 per year
  3. Marshall County - $21,090 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in personal training. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as physical therapy assisting or physical therapy.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Personal Training in Illinois
  • Certificate in Personal Training in Illinois

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,131 miles from location University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign IL 49.1299 41% 43,881
6,172 miles from location Illinois State University Normal IL 37.9275 35% 21,184
6,182 miles from location Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale IL 29.5829 31% 20,350
6,261 miles from location Western Illinois University Macomb IL 32.0587 31% 12,679
6,127 miles from location Eastern Illinois University Charleston IL 31.7637 32% 11,966
6,105 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College Chicago IL 7.66409 n/a 8,718
6,125 miles from location Lewis University Romeoville IL 29.2285 33% 5,847
6,112 miles from location Concordia University River Forest IL 24.8943 25% 5,049
6,114 miles from location Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais IL 28.6851 66% 4,666
6,140 miles from location Aurora University Aurora IL 24.849 36% 4,355
6,119 miles from location Elmhurst College Elmhurst IL 64.8476 30% 3,363
6,215 miles from location McKendree University Lebanon IL 59.0764 34% 3,284
6,107 miles from location North Park University Chicago IL 24.6829 35% 3,186
6,129 miles from location North Central College Naperville IL 64.8467 29% 2,798
6,116 miles from location Trinity International University Deerfield IL 23.8112 42% 2,730
6,170 miles from location Millikin University Decatur IL 61.8731 28% 2,314
6,298 miles from location Quincy University Quincy IL 21.8699 29% 1,845
6,187 miles from location Eureka College Eureka IL 16.9805 19% 766

Curious what studying Personal Training gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors + 10,950 $34,730 19.0%
Athletic Trainers + 690 $45,440 -40.5%

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