Yoga Instructor Salary Guide and Career Outlook

The yoga instructor salary per year stands at $34,157 in the United States, and at C$39,037 ($31,140) in Canada. The same professionals in the UK receive a similar pay, of £26,000 ($33,352), while those in Australia can get a median pay of up to AU$62,400 ($49,253). The pay for this job in New Zealand remains in the same range, at NZ$53,401 ($38,513), however, for India the pay is at Rs300,000 ($4,685) and in South Africa at R72,000 ($5,451), being extremely low compared to the other countries. Further, we will focus on salary per hour and per year for each country, bonuses, benefits, experience, and outlook.

How Much Does a Yoga Instructor Make per Year by State?

Massage Therapist Salary US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly Pay $24.95 C$29.93 ($23.88)  £18.75 ($24.05) AU$31.32 ($24.72) NZ$26.34 ($19) Rs 144.23* ($2.25*) R34.61* ($2.62*)
Annual Pay $34,157 C$39,037 ($31,140)  £26,000 ($33,352) AU$62,400 ($49,253) NZ$53,401 ($38,513) Rs 300,000  ($4,685) R72,000 ($5,451)

An (*) indicates that the hourly rate was not available and was extrapolated from the annual salary.

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Yoga Instructor Salary Influencing Factors

The salary information included in this article comes from different sources. That includes Payscale for the US, Canada, Australia, India, and South Africa, and Salaryexpert for New Zealand. As well as both Payscale and the National Careers Service for the UK.

1. Location

How Much Does a Yoga Instructor Professional make in the US?

Yoga Instructor Salary USA Per Year Per Hour
Minimum $15,813 $14.65
Maximum $58,466 $50.84
Bonus/Tip $1,000 $5.22
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay $24,632 to $103,484

The location has an important impact on the annual yoga instructor salary, especially for individuals living in larger cities. For instance, yoga instructors from New York and San Francisco receive a median wage of $56,000 per year. While those from Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta also benefit from generous salaries as they make between $49,000 and $51,000 per year.

On the other hand, the salaries are lower in Los Angeles, Washington, and Seattle where the annual income ranges between $42,000 and $44,000. However, the lowest salaries are in Austin and Tampa, where the yoga instructor salary is between $35,000 and $38,000 per year.

Arizona $33,000
Arkansas $41,000
California $44,000
Colorado $36,000
Connecticut $47,000
Delaware $36,000
District of Columbia $41,000
Florida $38,000
Georgia $46,000
Hawaii $25,000
Idaho $27,000
Illinois $46,000
Indiana $39,000
Iowa $40,000
Kansas $37,000
Kentucky $35,000
Louisiana $36,000
Maine $36,000
Maryland $42,000
Massachusetts $49,000
Michigan $41,000
Minnesota $36,000
Mississippi $43,000
Missouri $40,000
Montana $34,000
Nebraska $30,000
Nevada $31,000
New Hampshire $40,000
New Jersey $44,000
New Mexico $35,000
New York $49,000
North Carolina $39,000
North Dakota $36,000
Ohio $39,000
Oklahoma $38,000
Oregon $39,000
Pennsylvania $39,000
Puerto Rico $39,000
Rhode Island $37,000
South Carolina $40,000
South Dakota $31,000
Tennessee $38,000
Texas $39,000
Utah $32,000
Vermont $36,000
Virginia $41,000
Washington $42,000
West Virginia $38,000
Wisconsin $36,000
Wyoming $34,000

How Much Does a Yoga Instructor Professional make in Canada?

Yoga Instructor Salary Canada Per Year Per Hour
Minimum C$20,273 C$15.00
Maximum C$118,359 C$49.27
Bonus/Tip No additional pay No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay C$40.00
Total Pay C$30,671 to C$102,776

How Much Does a Yoga Teacher Professional make in the UK?

Yoga Teacher Salary UK Per Year Per Hour
Minimum £19,000 £9.13*
Maximum £68,000 £32.69*
Bonus/Tip No additional pay No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay £19,000 to £68,000

An (*) indicates that the hourly rate was not available and was extrapolated from the annual pay.

How Much Does a Yoga Instructor Professional make in Australia?

Yoga Instructor Salary Australia Per Year Per Hour
Minimum AU$50,086 AU$24.08
Maximum AU$139,132 AU$66.89
Bonus/Tip No additional pay AU$2.79
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay AU$49,453 to AU$139,161

How Much Does a Yoga Teacher Professional make in New Zealand?

Yoga Teacher Salary New Zealand Per Year Per Hour
Minimum NZ$39,712 NZ$19.09
Maximum NZ$78,659 NZ$37.81
Bonus/Tip NZ$657 No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay NZ$39,712 to NZ$78,659

An (*) indicates that the hourly rate was not available and was extrapolated from the annual pay.

How Much Does a Yoga Fitness Instructor Professional make in India?

Yoga Fitness Instructor Salary India Per Year Per Hour
Minimum Rs 240,000 Rs 115.38
Maximum Rs 360,000 Rs 173.076
Bonus/Tip No additional pay No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay Rs 240,000 to Rs 360,000

An (*) indicates that the hourly rate was not available and was extrapolated from the annual pay.

How Much Does a Yoga Fitness Instructor Professional make in South Africa?

Yoga Fitness Instructor Salary South Africa Per Year Per Hour
Minimum No additional pay No additional pay
Maximum No additional pay No additional pay
Bonus/Tip R983 No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay R72,000

2. Experience

Experience is the most important factor influencing the annual average yoga instructor salary. In terms of experience, the entry-level salary for a yoga instructor is around $43,000 per year.

Furthermore, yoga instructors with 5 to 10 years of experience make about $50,000 per year. Better still, those with over 10 years of experience claim median annual incomes of around $63,000.

While in New Zealand an entry-level yoga teacher with 1 to 3 years of experience can make an annual salary of $28,641. While a senior level yoga teacher, 8 plus years of experience can win up to $56,729 yearly.

3. Industry

The median yoga instructor salary depends on the location and the person’s experience. Yoga instructors usually work in Pilates studios, gyms, recreation and fitness centers. These centers are either private or funded by larger organizations. Therefore, the annual income will vary depending on the size and type of the center.

  • Recreation and Amusement Industry – $37,000
  • Local Governments – $34,000
  • Social Organizations – $30,000

Schedule & Working Hours

Yoga instructors can have a regular 9-5 working schedule, or they can plan their classes to make their working hours more flexible and more suitable for their customers. Moreover, self-employed yoga instructors are always free to make their own schedule. Also, yoga instructors who can afford it can open their own private centers.

Bonuses & Benefits

In the US, yoga instructors can win a yearly bonus of up to $1,000 per year, while the same professionals can win up to NZ$657 ($474) in New Zealand. In South Africa, some yoga fitness instructors can earn up to R983 ($74.46) bonus per class.

Career Outlook

According to PayScale statistics, the US yoga instructor salary is around $35,000 per year and $24 per hour. Yoga instructors work in various types of recreational facilities where they are paid on a monthly basis. Self-employed yoga instructors receive incomes based on the class type and duration. Also, experienced yoga instructors can open their own private centers.

According to Bureau of Labour Statistics, the employment rate of all fitness instructors and trainers, including yoga instructors, is expected to increase 8 percent by 2024. However, the competition is strong, so this career choice is safer for yoga instructors with more experience. Another job that also focuses on helping people is the massage therapist job.

Conclusion

To sum up, the yoga instructor salary is motivating enough for experienced individuals and for those who live in locations such as Australia, New Zealand, and the US. Also, the working schedule is quite flexible, especially for self-employed yoga instructors. All in all, it can be a rewarding career choice for those who want to pursue it, after earning a few years of work experience.

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