Athletic Coach Salary

Athletic Coachs in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K annually. Compensation ranges from $19K on the lower end to $72K per year on the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for Athletic Coachs is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by nearly one-half. Male Athletic Coachs who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) are men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$19,973 - $69,057
(Median)
$20K
$40K
$69K
MEDIAN: $39,674
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50%
90%

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$8.72 - $38.31
(Median)
$8
$13
$38
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$19,973 - $69,057  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,910  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$19,351 - $71,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$340$680$1.02K
Hourly Rate
$8.72 - $38.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.79  
Overtime
$0.00 - $993  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$700K$1.4M$2.1M
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,910  
   
Commission
$5,000  
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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$19,351 - $71,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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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 $66K), this progression is not the norm. A Gymnastics Instructor role is the most prevalent career advancement for Athletic Coachs. Paychecks for that role are $26K on average. The High School Teacher position is another common transition for Athletic Coachs; in this role, salaries are typically at the $43K mark.

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Athletic Coachs report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Teaching and Recruiting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 58 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication and Coaching.

Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Coach

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Athletic Coachs. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Athletic Coachs make a median salary of $45K. Athletic Coachs who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $51K on average.

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Experience Affects Athletic Coach Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Athletic Coach Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 58%


Budget Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Coaching
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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