Athletic Trainer Salary Information

The salary statistics of athletic trainers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of athletic trainers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The athletic trainers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Athletic Trainer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,300
25th Percentile Wage
$37,010
50th Percentile Wage
$45,630
75th Percentile Wage
$56,320
90th Percentile Wage
$69,140

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for athletic trainers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) athletic trainers is $69,140. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,630. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,300. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 128% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of athletic trainers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201645,6302.10%7.76%
201544,6702.91%-
201443,3701.34%-
201342,7901.64%-
201242,090--

Table 2. Athletic Trainer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of athletic trainers in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for athletic trainers occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $48,170. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $42,970).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$48,170
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$47,820
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,940
Health Care and Social Assistance
$44,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$43,890
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$43,230
Federal, State, and Local Government
$42,970

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Athletic Trainers by States

From the above tables we note that not only athletic trainers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of athletic trainers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $34,350 to $58,490. The highest paying state for athletic trainers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $58,490. The lowest paying state is Alaska with a median annual salary of $34,350. For more salary information of athletic trainers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$58,490
New Jersey
$58,390
Nevada
$56,170
Texas
$53,450
Hawaii
$52,320
Rhode Island
$51,720
Connecticut
$50,250
Massachusetts
$50,190
Wisconsin
$48,230
California
$47,730
Michigan
$47,660
Washington
$47,170
New Hampshire
$47,130
Minnesota
$46,970
Nebraska
$46,640
Illinois
$45,950
Utah
$45,940
Georgia
$45,670
Maryland
$45,370
Ohio
$45,340
Florida
$44,860
Mississippi
$44,650
Vermont
$44,110
New York
$43,960
Colorado
$43,730
Missouri
$43,720
Indiana
$43,470
Kentucky
$43,310
Arizona
$43,290
South Dakota
$43,220
Oregon
$42,900
South Carolina
$42,560
Iowa
$42,430
Maine
$42,380
New Mexico
$42,270
Virginia
$42,210
Oklahoma
$42,160
Kansas
$42,110
Pennsylvania
$42,100
Tennessee
$42,010
Alabama
$41,920
West Virginia
$41,510
Delaware
$41,480
Arkansas
$41,410
Idaho
$41,150
Montana
$40,190
North Carolina
$39,640
Louisiana
$38,970
North Dakota
$37,960
Alaska
$34,350


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