Athletic Trainer Salary

An Athletic Trainer Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Athletic Trainers work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. Athletic Trainer salaries vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Athletic Trainers reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.


The median salary is $20.25 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $12.48 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $31.00 per hour.


On an annual basis the median Athletic Trainer salary is $42,120. The lowest 10% earn less than $26,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $64,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

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Lowest and Highest Athletic Trainer Salary

The lowest paid Athletic Trainers earn less than $26,000 annually while the highest paid Athletic Trainers earn over $70,000 per year.  

Top 5 States

The 5 top paying states are New Jersey, District of Columbia, Texas, Massachusetts, and South Carolina with a range of $59,090 to $51,350.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn an Athletic Trainer wages are  Edison-New Brunswick NJ, Charleston SC, York-Hanover PA, Colorado Springs CO and Dallas TX.   The salary range is $69,000 to $58,500.

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Other Industries that Employ Athletic Trainers

Approximately 6000  are employed by elementary and secondary schools, and colleges. An additional 3180 are employed in fitness centers, ski centers, gulf and bowling centers. Approximately 780 work in the performing arts and spectator sports. In fact, approximately half of all athletic trainers are employed outside of the traditional healthcare setting.

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are 20,000 Athletic Trainers who earn a salary through being employed. The National Athletic Trainers Association lists over 35,000 members worldwide.  

Where They Work

Of all the Athletic Trainers employed in the United States approximately 6200 work in hospitals, clinics, and doctor offices. A significant percentage of these professionals work in industries not considered as healthcare.


Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical benefits package is worth approximately $20,000 per year.

International Salary


Trainers in professional sport are likely to get a basic salary with bonuses relating to performance and/or prize money achieved. A full-time athletic trainer can earn £12,500 - £14,000. Hourly rates range from £7 - £25. An experienced athletic trainer working full-time may have the potential to earn up to £32,000, whereas volunteer trainers may only receive travelling expenses.

Personal trainers in the UK[2]

In the UK, personal trainers will have to establish themselves before they can earn big. On an average they can earn from £16k - £22k initially but can go in excess of £75k per year later on.


In Canada, health care program provides Canadians preventative, as well as daily medical care from doctors. An Athletic Trainer salary Canada averages $18.08 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $9.50 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $28.93 per hour.

On an annual basis the average salary is less than $32,000 the lowest 10% earn less than $20,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $50,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average. 
The best states to earn an Athletic Trainer salary are Calgary-Alberta, Vancouver-Lower Mainland Southwest-British Columbia, Toronto-Canada, Ottawa-Ontario and Muskoka - Kawarthas - Peterborough - Ontario.


The salary for a personal trainer in Australia ranges from AU$17.50 - AU$75.00 per hour. On an annual basis, the salary ranges up to $45,000.





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