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Athletic Coach Salary (United States)

Athletic Coachs aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $40K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and approximately one-half get dental coverage, too. Making up 74 percent of the field, male Athletic Coachs greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Athletic Coachs is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Athletic Coach Salary (?
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$20,001 - $69,854
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MEDIAN: $39,786
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Athletic Coach Salary (?
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$8.14 - $38.77
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
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$20,001 - $69,854  
   
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$0.00 - $9,863  
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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$19,270 - $72,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 459
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $38.77  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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$0.00 - $9,863  
   
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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$19,270 - $72,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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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Athletic Coachs' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Physical Therapist. Physical Therapists bring home $65K per year on average. The most common promotion for Athletic Coachs is High School Teacher, a position that typically pays $43K annually. Another standard transition for Athletic Coachs seeking advancement is to assume a Gymnastics Instructor role, where pay is often $26K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Coach

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Athletic Coachs, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Athletic Coachs, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $52K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about a tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, Athletic Coachs in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Athletic Coachs will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+15 percent) and San Antonio (+7 percent). Athletic Coachs in Boston report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Experience Affects Athletic Coach Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
26%
female alumni
 
Male
74%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 29%