Yoga Teacher Salaries

Yoga Teacher Salary

Yoga instructors demonstrate moves and help students adjust their form when they perform them incorrectly. They may also help students learn how to breathe correctly and how to live a healthier lifestyle.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual wage for this field is below the national annual wage for all occupations. This may depend on geographic location, training, and how many clients you see.

Job TitleBottom 10% Annual WageAnnual Median WageTop 10% Annual Wage
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors-U.S.$19,640$39,210$74,520
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Is it difficult to find a job in this field?

Bls.gov reports that the position of yoga instructor is expected to grow about as fast as average from 2012 through 2022. This growth may be due to older Americans using yoga as a low impact method of exercise.

Job TitleProjected Job Growth Rate
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors-U.S.9.8%
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Is there room for advancement in this field?

There is little room for advancement in the career. You may be able to eventually work toward managing a yoga center, or perhaps switch the discipline you want to teach, but career movement is limited.

Are there any licensing requirements for this field?

While you need to complete a formal training program to become a yoga instructor there are no state or federal requirements for earning certification. That is entirely up to you. If you do wish to earn a certificate the Yoga Alliance has a few different designations:

  • Registered Yoga Teacher 200 - In order to earn this certification you would need to enroll in a 200 hour yoga program that is affiliated with the Yoga Alliance. You must receive your training from the same school all the way through and cannot use any other hour to count toward the 200. There are no extra teaching hour requirements to earn this certification.
  • Registered Yoga Teacher 500 - Earning this certification requires that you complete a 500 hour training program. You can complete these hours all together, or complete a 300 hour program if you already hold the Registered Yoga Teacher 200 certification. You will also need to have completed 100 hours of teaching experience to earn this certification.

There are other certifications that can be earned. Please visit the Yoga Alliance website for more information.

Fitness Trainers and Instructors, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012,

Credentials for Registered Yoga Teachers, Yoga Alliance,

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