Athletic Trainer Salary

An average Athletic Trainer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $40K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Athletic Trainers making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,790 - $54,880
$31K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,044
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$14.27 - $25.44
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MEDIAN: $19.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,790 - $54,880  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,157  
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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$30,741 - $55,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 745
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.27 - $25.44  
   
Overtime
$12.72 - $35.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,157  
   
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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$30,741 - $55,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 241

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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 most often move into positions as Physical Therapists or Physical Therapist Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $26K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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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. Athletic Trainers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $38K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $41K. For Athletic Trainers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $52K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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 85 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Athletic Trainer Salaries

▲31%

▲14%

▲3%

National Average
$40,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Athletic Trainer Salaries

Evaluation
▲8%

Orthopedics
▲1%

Physical Therapy
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Rehabilitation
▼2%

Emergency Response
▼2%

Sports Nutrition
▼2%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼2%

Preventative Medicine
▼3%

Injury Evaluation
▼4%

Injury prevention
▼7%

Prevention
▼11%

Acute Care
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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