I would say it all depends of the trainer’s experience, level of knowledge and time in the market.
Trainers can earn good money when they work by themselves.
The old idea of working in a gym is not a great one in the long run. Gyms charge trainers up to 50% of the value of each session, not to mention that big Gyms force trainers to provide free sessions to new members.
Who works for free? Imagine if you asked your doctor if the consultation can be free. Or next time you go to your dentist ask the same thing.
Trainers must pay a lot of money to keep their registration current. They have to pay associations, insurance for themselves and clients, and ongoing courses that are mandatory for maintenance of his or her qualifications.
So we are talking about thousands of dollars.
So if you meet a trainer and he or she is charging AU$50 in a gym environment I would say that the trainer in question has no idea of cash flow and will go broke very soon.
Trainers that work by themselves have avoided that trap and have a strong clientele that justifies their independence.
So if you are looking for a trainer I would avoid trainers from gyms, trainers that do group classes and trainers that do not provide nutritional advice.
Trainers can cost you some money, but that is an investment that you are making in your physical, mental and spiritual health.
I charge according to my experience and knowledge and my clients understand that.
So if you are thinking of becoming a trainer you must really love it, because being a trainer is a 24/7 job.
Believe it or not but a lot of people send me messages asking me how much a personal trainer earns.