How Much Do Pilates Instructors Earn in Australia?

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
How much does a Pilates instructor earn in Australia

Tips for talking about pay with a potential employer

Talking to a potential employer about how much Pilates instructors earn in Australia
  • 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!

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