Athletic Trainer Salary
|Salary||$30,767 - $55,188|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,078|
|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).)
|$30,689 - $55,483|
|Hourly Rate||$14.20 - $25.51|
|Overtime||$10.08 - $35.00|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,078|
|Total Pay (||$30,689 - $55,483|
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.Read More...
Athletic trainers are also present during practices, games and meets to provide the first response to an athlete's injury. The trainer is expected to be able to quickly assess the injury and make decisions regarding how to proceed. For minor injuries, it can involve re-taping or immobilizing an affected area so the athlete can continue to participate. For more serious injuries, the trainer works with other medical professionals to treat and further assess the injury as required. Trainers also typically work with injured athletes who are in the recovery and rehabilitation process. The trainer monitors the athlete's progress and adjusts the regimen as required while consulting with doctors and surgeons who may have treated the patient.
In some cases, athletic trainers may work for larger fitness centers, staying on hand in the event of sprains or muscle pulls and/or working with amateur athletes in their preparation or rehabilitation procedures. It is also common for trainers to be hired (or volunteer) for events such as marathons and triathlons to help treat participants.
Most athletic trainers study sports medicine or a related field as undergraduates, with professional teams and larger institutions often requiring trainers with postgraduate education in the field. Athletic trainers must also be certified in most jurisdictions, and they must maintain continuing education requirements for their licenses.
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
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 moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Physical Therapists or Physical Therapist Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $26K higher and $7K higher, respectively.
Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Trainer
Pay by Experience for an Athletic Trainer has a positive trend. An entry-level Athletic Trainer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 665 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Athletic Trainer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 276 salaries. An experienced Athletic Trainer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 162 salaries. An Athletic Trainer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 58 salaries.
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