Athletic Trainer Salary

Athletic Trainers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men working as Athletic Trainers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,448 - $54,952
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$30K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,347
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$14.19 - $24.86
(Median)
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$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,448 - $54,952  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$30,543 - $54,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 967
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $24.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.54  
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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).
)
$30,543 - $54,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 258
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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

  • 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 often transition into Physician Assistant positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Physician Assistants earn $83K per year. Athletic Trainers typically move into roles as Physical Therapists or Physical Therapist Assistants, and those positions pay $26K more and $8K more, respectively.

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Athletic Trainers report using a deep pool 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Acute Care, Prevention, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. Rehabilitation and Sports Nutrition are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Trainer

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


For many Athletic Trainers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $37K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $41K. Athletic Trainers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $52K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Trainer Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Athletic Trainer Salaries

Evaluation
up arrow 10%

Sports Nutrition
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

Preventative Medicine
up arrow 1%

Injury prevention
up arrow 2%

Injury Evaluation
up arrow 2%

Emergency Response
up arrow 3%

Orthopedics
up arrow 3%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 3%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 8%

Prevention
up arrow 9%

Acute Care
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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