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Athletic Coach Salary (United States)

Pay for Athletic Coachs in the United States is very modest at just $40K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Athletic Coachs are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and nearly one-half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Most Athletic Coachs report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Athletic Coach Salary (?
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$20,281 - $69,525
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MEDIAN: $39,839
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Athletic Coach Salary (?
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$8.14 - $39.33
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$20,281 - $69,525  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,967  
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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$19,510 - $72,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 450
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $39.33  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,967  
   
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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$19,510 - $72,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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. The average Physical Therapist bring home $65K per year. A High School Teacher role is the most common promotion for Athletic Coachs moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $43K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Athletic Coachs is a Gymnastics Instructor position, where earnings are usually $26K.

Athletic Coach Job Listings

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Athletic Coachs typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Recruiting and Budget Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Coach

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $44K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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San Antonio
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National Average
$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 San Antonio (+18 percent) and Austin (+15 percent). Boston is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Athletic Coach Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$38,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Athletic Coach Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 10%
National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
27%
female alumni
 
Male
73%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 29%