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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. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Athletic Coachs survey respondents are men (71 percent). Work is enjoyable for Athletic Coachs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and approximately one-half claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,228 - $68,976
(Median)
$20K
$40K
$69K
MEDIAN: $40,000
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90%

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$8.22 - $38.94
(Median)
$8
$12
$39
MEDIAN: $12.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,228 - $68,976  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
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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$19,571 - $71,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.22 - $38.94  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $24.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
   
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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$19,571 - $71,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85

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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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At the upper end, Athletic Coachs who move into a Physical Therapist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Physical Therapists is a much higher $65K per year. A Gymnastics Instructor role is the most prevalent career advancement for Athletic Coachs. Paychecks for that role are $26K on average. The High School Teacher position is another common transition for Athletic Coachs; in this role, salaries are typically at the $43K mark.

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Athletic Coachs report a focused set of job skills. Budget Management and Recruiting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Coaching.

Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Coach

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


Athletic Coachs with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. Athletic Coachs see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Athletic Coach Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Athletic Coach Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 9%


National Average
$39,000

Coaching
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 30%