Although salaries vary significantly, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average Pilates instructor makes around $31,000 annually, as of 2010. Pilates instructors teach classes at gyms or studios and may also give private lessons to clients.
The BLS average salary does not account for private lessons, which can dramatically increase an instructor's earnings. Successful Pilates instructors may also open their own studios, which can significantly increase income. Allied World Health reports that Pilates studio owners in major cities can earn anywhere between $60,000 to $120,000 per year. Pilates instructors with professional certification demonstrate to clients that they possess the skills to teach a class, so they may be able to attract a larger client base.