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Athletic Coach Salary

Pay for Athletic Coachs in the United States is very modest at just $40K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Athletic Coachs like their work and job satisfaction is high. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and roughly one-half have dental, as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Athletic Coachs who answered the questionnnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,278 - $70,360
(Median)
$20K
$40K
$70K
MEDIAN: $40,119
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$8.19 - $38.31
(Median)
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$38
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$20,278 - $70,360  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,010  
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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$19,498 - $72,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 425
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.19 - $38.31  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $24.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,010  
   
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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$19,498 - $72,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91

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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 not the most common occurrence, Athletic Coachs sometimes become Physical Therapists, where the average income is $65K 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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Survey takers who work as Athletic Coachs typically report just a few professional skills. Budget Management and Recruiting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. 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 18%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Athletic Coach Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 8%


National Average
$39,000

Coaching
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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