Athletic Trainer Salary

The average Athletic Trainer in the United States earns approximately $40K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Athletic Trainers making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Athletic Trainers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,767 - $55,188
$31K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,366
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$14.20 - $25.51
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,767 - $55,188  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,078  
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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$30,689 - $55,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 731
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.20 - $25.51  
   
Overtime
$10.08 - $35.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,078  
   
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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$30,689 - $55,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 247

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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.

Common Career Paths for Athletic Trainer


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Advancing into a Physician Assistant role seems to be a popular career move for Athletic Trainers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $84K 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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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
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Athletic Trainer Salaries

▲30%

▲14%

▲2%

National Average
$40,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Athletic Trainer Salaries

Evaluation
▲8%

Orthopedics
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Physical Therapy
▼1%

Rehabilitation
▼3%

Emergency Response
▼3%

Sports Nutrition
▼3%

Preventative Medicine
▼3%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼3%

Injury Evaluation
▼5%

Injury prevention
▼8%

Prevention
▼12%

Acute Care
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 20%
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