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 $21.94 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $15 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $33.00 per hour.


On an annual basis the median Athletic Trainer salary is $45,630. The lowest 10% earn less than $31,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $69,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

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Median Annual & Hourly Data

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
75% 90%
Annual Wage $30,300 $37,010 $45,630 $56,320 $69,140
Hourly Wage $14.57 $17.79 $21.94 $27.07 $33.24


Top 5 States

The 5 top paying states District of Columbia, New Jersey, Connecticut, Nevada, and Texas,

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best paying metropolitan areas are Charlottesville VA, College Station TX, Dallas TX, Flagstaff AZ, and Houston TX. 

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Other Industries that Employ Athletic Trainers

Approximately 8,000 are employed by elementary and secondary schools, and colleges. An additional 3700 are employed in fitness centers, ski centers, gulf and bowling centers. Approximately 900 work in the performing arts and spectator sports.  Over 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 over 24,000 Athletic Trainers who earn a salary through being employed. The National Athletic Trainers Association lists over 43,000 members worldwide.  

Where They Work

Of all the Athletic Trainers employed in the United States approximately 8100 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

United Kingdom (UK)

Trainers in professional sports are likely to get a basic salary with bonuses relating to performance and/or prize money achieved. A full-time athletic trainer can earn £14,000 - £24,000. Hourly rates range from £7 - £35. An experienced athletic trainer working full-time may have the potential to earn up to £50,000, whereas volunteer trainers may only receive travelling expenses.

Personal trainers in the UK

In the United Kingdom, personal trainers will have to establish themselves before they can earn big. On an average they can earn from £24,000  initially but can go in excess of £75k per year later on.


In Canada, an Athletic Trainer salary  averages C$25 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $11 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $35 per hour.

On an annual basis the average salary is less than C$50,000.  The lowest 10% earn less than C$25,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than C$60,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average. 


The salary for a personal trainer in Australia ranges from AU$20 - AU$36 per hour. On an annual basis, the salary ranges between AU$45,000 to AU$75,000.

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