Athletic Coach Salary (United States)

Athletic Coachs in the United States are not likely to strike it rich in their field; they only make around $38,056 per year on average. Compensation ranges from $19,270 on the low end to $72,304 per year on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by about half. Making up 74 percent of the field, male Athletic Coachs greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of Athletic Coachs claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Athletic Coach Salary (?
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$20,001 - $69,854
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MEDIAN: $39,786
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Athletic Coach Salary (?
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$8.14 - $38.77
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$20,001 - $69,854  
   
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$0.00 - $9,863  
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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$19,270 - $72,304  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 459
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $38.77  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
   
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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$19,270 - $72,304  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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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For Athletic Coachs, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Physical Therapist will earn $27K more than someone not as far along in their career. The most common promotion for Athletic Coachs, a High School Teacher position brings in an extra $4,950 annually. Another standard transition for Athletic Coachs seeking advancement is to assume a Gymanastics Instructor role, where pay often drops by $11,971.

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Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Coach

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Athletic Coachs generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. Beginning workers can expect to earn $31K starting out, which grows to $38K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $45K. As Athletic Coachs reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Athletic Coachs, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 37 percent above the national average. Athletic Coachs will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+15 percent) and San Antonio (+7 percent). Athletic Coachs in Boston report much lower salaries than the rest of the country—26 percent below the national average—proving that residency is a major factor in overall pay.

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Experience Affects Athletic Coach Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
26%
female alumni
 
Male
74%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 29%
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