Athletic Coach Salary

Athletic Coachs in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $40K per year on average. Compensation ranges from $20K on the lower end to $73K per year on the higher end. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Athletic Coachs who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately one-half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,273 - $70,732

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$8.38 - $37.81

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$20,273 - $70,732  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,952  
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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$19,657 - $72,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 411
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.38 - $37.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $24.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,952  
   
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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$19,657 - $72,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 it's uncommon, some Athletic Coachs move into roles as Physical Therapists, where pay is an average $65K per year. Becoming a Gymnastics Instructor is, more often than not, the most common role that Athletic Coachs move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Gymnastics Instructor is $26K. Another frequent advance is for Athletic Coachs to assume a High School Teacher role; in this role, workers often take home $43K.

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Survey results show that Athletic Coachs typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Recruiting, Budget Management, and Coaching can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Coaching.

Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Coach

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Athletic Coachs. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $31K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Athletic Coachs make a median salary of $46K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $50K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Coach Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Athletic Coach Salaries


Budget Management
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National Average
$37,000

Coaching
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 30%
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