Athletic Trainer Salary

Pay for Athletic Trainers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $40K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. 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 majority of Athletic Trainers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,755 - $54,648
$31K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,387
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$14.11 - $25.46
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$0$54K
Salary $30,755 - $54,648
Bonus $0.00 - $5,000
Profit Sharing $350.00
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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$30,639 - $54,832
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 719
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $14.11 - $25.46
Overtime $11.50 - $33.93
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,000
Profit Sharing $350.00
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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$30,639 - $54,832
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 260

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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. 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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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.

Athletic Trainer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Trainer in Sevierville:
"Outreach Athletic Trainer."
Pros: The independence, the hours, the simplicity of the job.
Cons: Loneliness, not challenging, no growth with the company, not compensated for national average.

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Key Stats for Athletic Trainer

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%
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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 100 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 20%
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