Athletic Coach Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Athletic Coachs in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $19K, and the top verges on $73K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Although the greater part have medical coverage and approximately half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Athletic Coachs (69 percent) survey respondents are male. Most Athletic Coachs like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$20,061 - $71,043
(Median)
$20K
$40K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,034
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90%

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$8.24 - $37.81
(Median)
$8
$12
$38
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$20,061 - $71,043  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,962  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,361 - $72,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 404
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.24 - $37.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $24.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,962  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,361 - $72,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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Job Description for Athletic Coach

Athletic coaches exist in a variety of organizations, from high schools to universities; workload and pay vary greatly depending on the employer. The athletic coach's daily work includes teaching and instructing athletes during practices and games. Knowledge of the sport is highly important to be effective. Positions for school teams often require the coach’s to ensure students are performing in the classroom as well, which may involve coordinating with teaching staff and tutors. Other activities include attending clinics and participating in related functions ranging from community involvement to budget meetings.

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Athletic Coach Tasks

  • Mentor athletes around physical, leadership, and strategic aspects of sports.
  • Oversee and coach sports teams, including setting rosters and schedules.
  • Instruct students in rules, deportment, and physical training.
  • Complete paperwork documenting attendance, scores, problems and equipment inventory.

Common Career Paths for Athletic Coach


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Though some Athletic Coachs move into positions like Physical Therapist (where the average salary is $65K), this progression is not the norm. Athletic Coachs go on to become Gymnastics Instructors more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $26K. Athletic Coachs who move into a High School Teacher role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $43K.

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Athletic Coachs who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Budget Management and Recruiting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Coaching.

Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Coach

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Athletic Coachs with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $38K. On average, Athletic Coachs make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Coach Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Athletic Coach Salaries

Budget Management
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National Average
$38,000

Coaching
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 31%
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