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States with personal training schools

How will your personal training education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the personal training education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 435 brick and mortar personal training schools.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with personal training programs were:

  1. The University of Texas at Austin - located in Austin, Texas
  2. Boston University - located in Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Ohio State University-Main Campus - located in Columbus, Ohio

Student Demographics

In 2010, 3,863 students earned degrees in personal training in the US. Of these students, 716 graduated from certificate programs in personal training, 2,773 graduated from undergraduate programs in personal training, and 374 graduated from graduate-level programs in personal training.


Students can pursue education in personal training at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Personal Training
  • Bachelor's Degree in Personal Training
  • Master's Degree in Personal Training
  • Doctoral Degree in Personal Training
  • Certificate in Personal Training

Personal training students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their personal training degree:

  • Observation
  • Fitness Assessment Techniques
  • Designing Exercise Precriptions
  • Planning and Organization
  • Business Administration


On average in 2010, personal training schools in the US charged $18,926 in tuition per year. The highest tuition was charged by the following personal training schools:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. Boston University - located in Boston, Massachusetts, students paid $38,440
  3. Chapman University - located in Orange, California, students paid $36,764

The personal training schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477
  2. Florida International University - located in Miami, Florida, students paid $4,580
  3. University of South Florida-Main Campus - located in Tampa, Florida, students paid $4,577

How will your personal training job compare?

Personal trainer is the profession of choice for a large number of personal training graduates. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 225,490 personal trainers working in the US in 2010. The largest numbers of personal trainers work in the following states:

  1. California - 26,780 Personal Trainers
  2. New York - 16,610 Personal Trainers
  3. Texas - 13,560 Personal Trainers

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for personal trainers to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Idaho - 49%
  2. Mississippi - 41%
  3. Utah - 38%


On average, a personal trainer earns a salary of $33,555 per year in the US. However, factors such as your employer, work conditions, or location can cause the salary for a personal trainer to vary greatly. Approximately 10 percent of personal trainers earn less than $15,290 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $165,560 per year. On average, a personal trainer earns the most in the following states:

  1. New York - $52,000 per year
  2. Washington DC - $48,810 per year
  3. Massachusetts - $46,420 per year

Personal trainers in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. North Dakota - $21,720 per year
  2. Wyoming - $22,490 per year
  3. South Dakota - $23,790 per year

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 225,490 $35,920 19.2%
Athletic Trainers 16,290 $44,030 7.8%