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Annual Salary of a Pilates Teacher

author image Henry Halse
Henry Halse is a Philadelphia-based personal trainer, speaker, and writer. He's trained a wide variety of people, from couch potatoes to professional athletes, and helped them realize their own strength, determination and self-confidence. Henry has also written for various fitness and lifestyle publications, including Women’s Health, AskMen and Prevention.
Annual Salary of a Pilates Teacher
Pilates instructors usually are paid by the hour or by the class. Photo Credit jacoblund/iStock/Getty Images

After taking classes with your favorite Pilates instructor and spending time at their wonderful studios, you might start to wonder about the nuts and bolts of their lifestyle. You may even be interested in taking a jump into the world of group exercise instruction by becoming certified as a Pilates teacher. The salary varies because teachers are paid by the hour, but it generally ranges from $27,000 per year all the way up to $95,000.

Pay Per Hour

If you're looking for a salaried job with benefits, becoming a full-time Pilates teach probably isn't for you. Certified instructors are usually paid by the hour or per class that they teach. A class can run anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes. The average pay per hour for a Pilates instructor is $32.50, according to Ideafit. However, that's just the average.

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How much you get paid depends on who you work for and where your studio is located. A fitness-crazed metropolitan studio in New York City will pay much more than a small -own studio in Alabama. Equinox, a high-end fitness club, pays their instructors an average of $40 per hour, which is well above the average. Depending on how many hours you work, your pay can differ significantly.

Annual Earnings

Unlike an office job, you need to keep in mind that teaching Pilates is physically demanding and you can't teach classes constantly throughout the day. It's also not guaranteed that you'll be able to teach classes whenever you want to. In gyms, there are typically peak hours — in the morning before work or afternoon after regular hours, where classes are in session due to increased demand. That leaves time during the day where you're not able to teach classes.

The more classes you can teach, the higher your annual salary will be. If you earn the average amount per week and work 30 hours per week, then you'll make $50,700 per year, assuming you work the same amount of hours per week and don't take vacations. However, the average instructor probably works less than that because the average salary for a group exercise instructor is $39,692, according to the American Council on Exercise.

Being a Pilates instructor is rewarding because you get to help people.
Being a Pilates instructor is rewarding because you get to help people. Photo Credit Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/Getty Images

Experience Matters

As with any job, you need to start out at the bottom of the ranks and work your way up. The average starting salary for a beginner Pilates instructor is $15,000 to $23,000. That number bumps up to $32,000 per year with some more experience. A highly experienced Pilates instructor on average earns about $50,000 per year.

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