Pay for Athletic Trainers in the United States is very modest at just $40K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Athletic Trainers making up 57 percent of survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Athletic Trainers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,611 - $55,019
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$31K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,870
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$14.15 - $25.55
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,611 - $55,019  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,186  
Profit Sharing
$307.50  
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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$30,643 - $55,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 774
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.15 - $25.55  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $34.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,186  
   
Profit Sharing
$307.50  
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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$30,643 - $55,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 234
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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.

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Athletic Trainers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Physician Assistant, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $84K per year. Career advancement for the typical Athletic Trainer often leads to becoming a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $27K 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $38K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $41K. On average, Athletic Trainers make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $52K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Trainer Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Athletic Trainer Salaries

Evaluation
up arrow 9%

Orthopedics
up arrow 1%

Physical Therapy
0%

National Average
$40,000

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 1%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 2%

Emergency Response
up arrow 2%

Sports Nutrition
up arrow 2%

Preventative Medicine
up arrow 2%

Injury Evaluation
up arrow 4%

Injury prevention
up arrow 6%

Prevention
up arrow 11%

Acute Care
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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