Athletic Trainer Salary

Athletic Trainers in the United States take home an average $40K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. One in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Male Athletic Trainers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,850 - $55,190
$31K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,125
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$14.20 - $25.57
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,850 - $55,190  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$30,739 - $55,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 697
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.20 - $25.57  
   
Overtime
$12.82 - $35.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$30,739 - $55,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 237

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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

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

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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 $84K per year. When Athletic Trainers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Physical Therapists or Physical Therapist Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $26K and $8K, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Trainer

Pay by Experience for an Athletic Trainer has a positive trend. An entry-level Athletic Trainer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 665 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Athletic Trainer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 276 salaries. An experienced Athletic Trainer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 162 salaries. An Athletic Trainer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 58 salaries.

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Key Stats for Athletic Trainer

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Athletic Trainer Salaries

▲31%

▲14%

▲3%

National Average
$40,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Athletic Trainer Salaries

Evaluation
▲8%

Orthopedics
▲1%

National Average
$40,000

Physical Therapy
▼1%

Rehabilitation
▼2%

Emergency Response
▼2%

Sports Nutrition
▼2%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼2%

Preventative Medicine
▼3%

Injury Evaluation
▼4%

Injury prevention
▼7%

Prevention
▼11%

Acute Care
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 20%
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