The Salary of a Pilates Instructor

For those who are interested in keeping fit, a career as a Pilates instructor is going to be a rewarding job to be able to do what you do anyway, and make a living out of doing it. However, you’ll need to know the true figures of what you can earn as a Pilates instructor, so you’ll know if it’s enough to support your financial needs. Besides, you will also need to factor in your tuition fees, such as your college bursaries or any other education grants, provided for your training, due payable when you take up employment.

The Salary of a Pilates Instructor


Speaking of employment…there’s 2 separate avenues you can explore to work as a Pilates instructors, both of which will affect your earnings.

1)     Employment within a fitness studio

2)     The Self-Employed route Both areas are covered below.

A Pilates instructor salary as an employee

For those who choose to work within an established fitness centre as an employee, you will be paid on a salary basis. It’s highly unlikely you’ll be paid on a commission structure for each student in attendance. While a gym will charge students by the hour, you’ll be paid on a salary basis.

When you first start out your career, as a qualified Pilates fitness instructor, you can expect to earn around £12’000, although that can rise to £18’000, dependent on the number of students and the area you work within.

With some experience, your earnings will increase to £25K and you could find some employers offering salaries as high as £38’000 for experienced Pilates instructors. T

he more experience you have and the better success rate you have at teaching your students, the more you’ll become known in the fitness circles around you. The reason this is, is due to word of mouth. The people you teach will speak of your expertise to others, and that can pass around to other gyms.

The better your name circulates around other gyms, the more in demand your services are going to become. When your career reaches that stage, you can find fitness studios paying you over £40’000 to bring your expertise into their gyms, which will help them attract new memberships and stay competitive within the fitness industry.

Self-employed earnings of a Pilates instructor

Should you find it difficult to get into employment, as a Pilates instructor, then your other option is to make a career out of the business yourself. The go it alone route, which is what many instructors will do.

If you do choose to go into business yourself, you will need somewhere to conduct your classes. You don’t need to open your own fitness studio for this, as what you can do is approach local gyms and ask about studio hire, for you to run your classes.

To make a significant amount, you will have to be good at marketing the service. The better you can market and sell your service, the more students you will have. Rates of pay are payable by the hour, and for classes you can choose how many or few students you teach, per session. If you run a class, the going rate is £8 per hour at the lower end.

A class of 8 students at £8, pays you £64 per class. You will have your studio hire to pay off that though, so you will need to factor all this into your budget. Within busier locations, you can find the rates rising to around £12 per hour.

The other way you can run your own business is by working as a personal Pilates instructor.

For this, your clients will expect you to travel to them, and in return for your one on one expert coaching, you can find your rates are £40  per hour, and as high as £60 per hour, within London and surrounding areas.

Once you qualify and get yourself into a position when you’re ready to start teaching Pilates, you can start to look around for suitable positions, and put yourself forward for them. Should there be no job opportunities available, you do have the self-employed option that you may want to explore.

People want to learn about Pilates and they need people to teach them properly. The only choice you have to make is how you’re going to be delivering your lessons. Through an employer on a set salary, or setting your own rates by working self-employed. The choice is yours when you become a Pilates instructor.