How much do Pilates instructors earn in Australia?
The average pay for Pilates instructors in 2019 was $45 per hour according to Payscale.com. However by definition, half of all instructors make less than the average, and half make more. So how much can YOU expect to earn?
- Pay is higher in large capital cities than in regional centres
- Different cities have different average pay, with Melbourne and Sydney being above the national average, and Brisbane below
- Within regions, pay also varies depending on the specific location – if the studio you work at is in a well-to-do neighbourhood the pay is likely to be higher
- Finally, even within a given studio, it is usual for different instructors to earn different rates. As an instructor your primary job is to put backsides on reformers; instructors with consistently full classes generally earn more
- Being punctual, reliable, tidy, and making an effort to deliver excellent customer service will also play in your favour when it comes time to negotiate wages
Tips for talking about pay with a potential employer
- When the topic of a job opportunity first arises in conversation, make sure to ask about the pay up front. It’s not a taboo subject; you need to know!
- If the pay quoted is lower than your expectation, ask the question “what would you need to see from me to make me worth $XX dollars per class to you?” or “Let’s just say for the sake of argument that after 6 months my classes are consistently at 80% full. At that point would you be open to increasing my pay to $XX?”
- Most employers will be completely fine to have this conversation. Those that are uncomfortable with it, might not be the best people to work for!