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. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Athletic Trainers is high. Men make up a slight majority of Athletic Trainers (54 percent) who responded to the survey. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,448 - $54,952
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,347
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$14.19 - $24.86
(Median)
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$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,448 - $54,952  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$30,543 - $54,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 967
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $24.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.54  
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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).
)
$30,543 - $54,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 258
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Physician Assistant, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $83K per year. The most common next step for an Athletic Trainer is to become a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant. The former position pays an additional $26K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Athletic Trainers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Rehabilitation to be familiar with Sports Nutrition as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Trainer

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


Athletic Trainers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $37K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Athletic Trainers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $52K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Trainer Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Athletic Trainer Salaries

Evaluation
up arrow 10%

Sports Nutrition
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

Preventative Medicine
up arrow 1%

Injury prevention
up arrow 2%

Injury Evaluation
up arrow 2%

Emergency Response
up arrow 3%

Orthopedics
up arrow 3%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 3%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 8%

Prevention
up arrow 9%

Acute Care
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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