Athletic Trainer Salary

Those pursuing careers as Athletic Trainers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Athletic Trainers. Men make up a slight majority of Athletic Trainers (54 percent) who responded to the survey. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,420 - $54,880

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$14.37 - $24.86

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,420 - $54,880  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,156  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $2,035  
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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$30,654 - $54,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 826
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.37 - $24.86  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,156  
   
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $2,035  
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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$30,654 - $54,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 203
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Job Description for Athletic Trainer

An athletic trainer is a sports medicine professional who specializes in working directly with athletes. Trainers can be employed by sports teams, schools and universities with athletic programs, as well as advanced fitness centers. Trainers typically advise on fitness regimens, treat injuries as they happen, and help assist injured athletes and participants in the recovery and rehabilitation process. For some employers, especially those involved in professional or school-sponsored sports, an athletic trainer may work with both nutritionists and strength training specialists to help set preparation and training regimens for practices, games and meets. The athletic trainer's key role in this process is to monitor the effects of training and adjust as necessary according to individuals' health and needs.

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Athletic Trainer Tasks

  • Recommend lifestyle changes, diet, and equipment.
  • Assist in rehabilitation after injuries.
  • Treat minor injuries at sports events and competitions.
  • Prevent, examine, and treat athlete injuries.
  • Attend meetings with the athlete and athletic director for which they are employed.

Common Career Paths for Athletic Trainer


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Athletic Trainers often transition into Physician Assistant positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Physician Assistants earn $82K per year. Athletic Trainers typically move into roles as Physical Therapists or Physical Therapist Assistants, and those positions pay $26K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Athletic Trainer


Survey takers working as Athletic Trainers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Evaluation, Sports Nutrition, Preventative Medicine, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Acute Care, Prevention, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. Those educated in Rehabilitation tend to be well versed in Prevention.

Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Trainer

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


For Athletic Trainers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. During the first five years of their careers, Athletic Trainers see a median income of $37K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $40K. Athletic Trainers bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $53K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Trainer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 19%


National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Athletic Trainer Salaries

Evaluation
up arrow 17%

Sports Nutrition
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

Preventative Medicine
up arrow 1%

Injury prevention
up arrow 2%

Injury Evaluation
up arrow 2%

Orthopedics
up arrow 3%

Emergency Response
up arrow 4%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 7%

Prevention
up arrow 9%

Acute Care
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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