How much does a life coach cost?

Average cost in 20149: $85 /hr See National

$55/hr

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$85/hr

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$135/hr

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The average cost for a life coach is $85/hr. You are likely to spend between $55 and $135 per hour. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated April 1st, 2017

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A life coach helps clients attain personal and professional goals. People commonly seek coaching help with relationships, career, developing positive habits, dealing with stress and spirituality. Life coaching can be a one-time meeting or an ongoing professional relationship. Meetings can take place in the client’s home or office, the life coach’s studio, or via Skype.

Single sessions

Some life coaches offer individual sessions for clients who are seeking short-term guidance or help with goal-setting. They also work with ongoing clients who prefer to pay on a session-by-session basis. Merlin Coaching in Melrose, Massachusetts, charges $125 for a single, 50-minute session.

Life coaching packages

Some life coaches offer package deals for ongoing clients. Clients may want to work with a coach over a period of time to explore life transitions, relationships, career or professional growth, or lifestyle changes. The more sessions and interaction provided in the package, the higher the cost—although the more savings per session. Here are a couple examples of tiered pricing for packages:

One-month life coaching packages from Life Matters Coaching in Bloomfield, Michigan:

  • Three 60-minute sessions with limited contact between sessions: $300

  • Four 60-minute sessions with limited contact between sessions: $350

  • Four 60- to 90-minute sessions with unlimited contact between sessions: $400

Six-month packages from Merlin Coaching:

  • One session a month for six months: $630—$120 savings over purchasing individual sessions at $125

  • One session every other week for six months: $1,170—$330 savings

  • One session every week for six months: $1,950—$1,050 savings

Relationship coaching

Some coaches offer relationship coaching at their standard life coaching rate, and others have either higher or lower session rates for working on relationship issues. For example, Life Matters Coaching has a higher monthly rate for relationship coaching than for life coaching:

  • Three 60-minute sessions: $500

  • Four 60-minute sessions: $550

  • Six 60- to 90-minute sessions: $650

Premarital coaching

Some life coaches help people prepare for marriage. Couples may build goals together or learn how to discuss shared important issues. Life Matters Coaching charges $500 per month for four to six 60-minute sessions.

Training and reputation

Life coaches with certifications from renowned schools, advanced degrees, a well-known reputation or more experience may command higher rates than life coaches without a similar background.

Location

Geographic location may affect life coaching rates. Coaches in cities and regions with a higher cost of living may charge higher rates than those in smaller towns and areas with a lower cost of living.

Travel

Some coaches may charge an additional fee for travel to the client’s home or office. These fees help cover additional time and transportation expenses.

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