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Athletic Trainer Salary

Athletic Trainers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Athletic Trainers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Men working as Athletic Trainers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,153 - $55,311
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,160
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50%
90%

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$13.55 - $24.77
(Median)
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,153 - $55,311  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,023  
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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$30,296 - $54,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 737
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.55 - $24.77  
   
Overtime
$15.41 - $35.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,023  
   
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).
)
$30,296 - $54,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186

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Job Description for Athletic Trainer

The role of an athletic trainer is integral to the success of athletes, professional competitors, and any other individual who champions the benefits of proper instruction and routine. In fact, athletic trainers of all disciplines and abilities are sought after for both their expertise and their knowledge. An athletic trainer is depended on every step of the way, throughout the entire process of developing, training, and competing.

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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 who move on to become Physician Assistants may enjoy significant pay raises, as Physician Assistants get paid an average of $82K per year. Athletic Trainers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Physical Therapists or Physical Therapist Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $26K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Athletic Trainer


Athletic Trainers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Evaluation, Preventative Medicine, Sports Nutrition, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Acute Care, Prevention, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. Those proficient in Rehabilitation are, more often than not, also skilled in Prevention.

Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Trainer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Athletic Trainers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $37K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $52K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Trainer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 18%


National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Athletic Trainer Salaries

Evaluation
up arrow 17%

Preventative Medicine
up arrow 10%

Sports Nutrition
up arrow 3%

Orthopedics
0%

National Average
$39,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

Injury prevention
up arrow 1%

Injury Evaluation
up arrow 3%

Emergency Response
up arrow 3%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 6%

Prevention
up arrow 9%

Acute Care
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 16%
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