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. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Athletic Trainers making up 54 percent of survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,400 - $55,467
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,244
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$14.23 - $25.04
(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
$30,400 - $55,467  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,394  
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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$30,611 - $55,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 808
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.23 - $25.04  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.35  
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 - $3,394  
   
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).
)
$30,611 - $55,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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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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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 $82K per year. Career advancement for the typical Athletic Trainer often leads to becoming a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $26K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Athletic Trainer


Athletic Trainers report using 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Acute Care, Prevention, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. Those familiar with Rehabilitation also tend to know 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. 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 $40K. Athletic Trainers see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Athletic Trainer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $53K on average.

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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%

Sports Nutrition
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

Preventative Medicine
up arrow 1%

Injury prevention
up arrow 2%

Injury Evaluation
up arrow 2%

Orthopedics
up arrow 3%

Emergency Response
up arrow 5%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 7%

Prevention
up arrow 9%

Acute Care
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 16%
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