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. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Athletic Trainers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Athletic Trainers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,399 - $55,553
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $39,236
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90%

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$14.15 - $25.11
(Median)
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$30,399 - $55,553  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,343  
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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$30,604 - $55,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 794
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.15 - $25.11  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.42  
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 - $3,343  
   
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).
)
$30,604 - $55,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 197
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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. 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 $7K, 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, Preventative Medicine, Sports Nutrition, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Acute Care, Prevention, and Emergency Response. For most people, competency in Rehabilitation indicates knowledge of 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 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. 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 $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%

Preventative Medicine
up arrow 10%

Sports Nutrition
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

Injury prevention
up arrow 2%

Injury Evaluation
up arrow 2%

Orthopedics
up arrow 3%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 7%

Emergency Response
up arrow 9%

Prevention
up arrow 9%

Acute Care
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
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: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 15%
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