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. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and close to one-half claim dental coverage as well. Male Athletic Coachs are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 67 percent of professionals. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,973 - $69,057
(Median)
$20K
$40K
$69K
MEDIAN: $39,674
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$8.72 - $38.31
(Median)
$8
$13
$38
MEDIAN: $13.00
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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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While not commonly seen, Athletic Coachs who transition into a Physical Therapist position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Physical Therapists is $66K per year. Going from Athletic Coach to Gymnastics Instructor is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Gymnastics Instructors is $26K. Many others choose to work as High School Teachers, where pay is typically $43K.

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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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Athletic Coachs with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $51K.

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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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