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Athletic Trainer Salary

Pay for Athletic Trainers in the United States is very modest at just $39K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Athletic Trainers. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Male Athletic Trainers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,138 - $55,050
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,292
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90%

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$13.28 - $24.73
(Median)
$13
$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
$30,138 - $55,050  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,107  
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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$30,259 - $54,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 723
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $24.73  
   
Overtime
$15.27 - $36.42  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,107  
   
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).
)
$30,259 - $54,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178

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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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Athletic Trainers who move on to become Physician Assistants may enjoy significant pay raises, as Physician Assistants get paid an average of $82K per year. It is quite typical for Athletic Trainers to transition into roles as Physical Therapists or Physical Therapist Assistants, where reported median earnings are $26K and $7K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Athletic Trainer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Evaluation, Preventative Medicine, Sports Nutrition, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Acute Care, Prevention, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. Most people skilled in Rehabilitation are similarly competent in Prevention.

Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Trainer

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


Athletic Trainers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $37K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Athletic Trainers make a median salary of $46K. Athletic Trainers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $52K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Trainer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 18%


National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Athletic Trainer Salaries

Evaluation
up arrow 17%

Preventative Medicine
up arrow 10%

Sports Nutrition
up arrow 3%

Orthopedics
0%

National Average
$39,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

Injury prevention
up arrow 1%

Injury Evaluation
up arrow 2%

Emergency Response
up arrow 4%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 7%

Prevention
up arrow 9%

Acute Care
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 16%