Athletic Coach Salary (United States)

It's impossible to make it big as a Athletic Coach in the United States; the average employee in this occupation scrapes together only around $38,056 annually. The top of the range reaches $72,304 per year, and the bottom approaches $19,270. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Some workers in this field—about a third—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by about two-thirds and dental plans are enjoyed by about half. Male Athletic Coachs are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is enjoyable for Athletic Coachs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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 (?
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$19,270 - $72,304  
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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  
PayScale
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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Compensation may increase greatly for Athletic Coachs who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Physical Therapist may make an additional $27K per year than lower-end positions. Going from Athletic Coach to High School Teacher is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are bigger by $4,950. Many others choose to work as Gymanastics Instructors, where pay actually goes down by $11,971.

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Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Coach

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Athletic Coachs generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $31K to $38K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $45K. After 20 years in the field, Athletic Coachs see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$38,000
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For Athletic Coachs, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Athletic Coachs will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+15 percent) and San Antonio (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Athletic Coachs is geography, with workers in Boston earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Athletic Coach Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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%
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