Athletic Coach Salary

Athletic Coachs aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $40K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $19K, and the top verges on $73K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. There are more male Athletic Coachs than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 69 percent. Most Athletic Coachs report high levels of job satisfaction. Although the greater part have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,085 - $70,955
(Median)
$20K
$40K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,034
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90%

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$8.24 - $37.81
(Median)
$8
$12
$38
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$20,085 - $70,955  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,962  
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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$19,388 - $72,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 406
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.24 - $37.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $24.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,962  
   
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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$19,388 - $72,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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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 $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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Athletic Coachs who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Budget Management and Recruiting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $38K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Athletic Coachs who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $51K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Coach Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Athletic Coach Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 10%


National Average
$38,000

Coaching
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 31%
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