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Athletic Trainer Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Athletic Trainers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $39K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Athletic Trainers (54 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Athletic Trainers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,191 - $55,287
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,197
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90%

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$13.77 - $25.03
(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
$30,191 - $55,287  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,044  
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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$30,353 - $54,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 748
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.77 - $25.03  
   
Overtime
$15.53 - $35.42  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,044  
   
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).
)
$30,353 - $54,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 192
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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. A common career progression for an Athletic Trainer is to become a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant. Compared to Athletic Trainers, the first group earns $26K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Skills for Athletic Trainer


Survey results imply that Athletic Trainers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Evaluation, Preventative Medicine, Sports Nutrition, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Acute Care, Prevention, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. Most people familiar with Rehabilitation also know 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. Athletic Trainers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $37K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $40K. Athletic Trainers bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Athletic Trainers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $52K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Trainer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

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 3%

Emergency Response
up arrow 3%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 6%

Prevention
up arrow 9%

Acute Care
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 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
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 16%
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