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Athletic Trainer Salary (United States)

Athletic Trainers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Athletic Trainers (54 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction for Athletic Trainers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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Athletic Trainer Salary (?
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$29,992 - $53,752
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $39,041
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Athletic Trainer Salary (?
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$12.84 - $24.03
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,992 - $53,752  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,010  
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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$30,008 - $53,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 731
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.84 - $24.03  
   
Overtime
$15.41 - $36.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,010  
   
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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$30,008 - $53,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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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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More often than not, Athletic Trainers take top-notch roles like Physician Assistant. Pay for that position is $82K annually on average. 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 $7K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Athletic Trainer

Athletic Trainers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Evaluation, Preventative Medicine, Sports Nutrition, and Emergency Response are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Acute Care and Prevention. The majority of those who know Rehabilitation also 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $37K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $40K. Athletic Trainers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $52K.

Pay Difference By Location

Columbus
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Chicago
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Indianapolis
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National Average
$39,000
New York
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Atlanta
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Boston
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Seattle
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Houston
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Pittsburgh
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Athletic Trainers, top-notch salaries can be found in the Midwest: Columbus, Chicago, and Indianapolis offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field and higher than any other city in the United States. Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Seattle (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Athletic Trainer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000

Skills That Affect Athletic Trainer Salaries

Evaluation
up arrow 18%
Preventative Medicine
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Injury prevention
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Emergency Response
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Rehabilitation
0%
National Average
$39,000
Injury Evaluation
up arrow 1%
Prevention
up arrow 11%
Acute Care
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
46%
female alumni
 
Male
54%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 16%