How Much Do Athletic Trainers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Athletic Trainers

Athletic Trainers evaluate and treat musculoskeletal injuries or illnesses. Provide preventive, therapeutic, emergency, and rehabilitative care.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$52230 per year

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$32,980 to $41,310 per year

Entry-level Athletic Trainers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $32,980 to $41,310 per year. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Athletic Trainers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $* $75,810
Senior (Top 25%) $* $61,280
Middle (Mid 50%) $* $49,860
Junior (Bottom 25%) $* $41,310
No experience (Bottom 10%) $* $32,980

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $* $72,970
HI $* $62,340
MA $* $62,110
CT $* $59,290
CA $* $59,280
NJ $* $59,270
RI $* $58,670
TX $* $57,950
NY $* $56,160
GA $* $56,080

* Athletic Trainers are generally paid on an annual basis not hourly.

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Athletic Trainer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Athletic Trainers are in the states of DC, HI, MA, CT and CA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Spectator Sports $64250 $*
Elementary and Secondary Schools $62500 $*
Junior Colleges $59830 $*
Employment Services $54080 $*
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $53870 $*
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $53720 $*
Management of Companies and Enterprises $52390 $*
Specialty Hospitals $52050 $*
Outpatient Care Centers $52010 $*
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $50360 $*
Offices of Physicians $50150 $*
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $50040 $*
Other Schools and Instruction $49440 $*
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $49040 $*
Educational Support Services $47640 $*
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $47380 $*
Civic and Social Organizations $46240 $*
Local Government $39140 $*
Other Personal Services $35760 $*

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