Athletic trainers work in various facilities involving athletic health care programs, and are often behind the scenes heroes who work hard to optimize the performance and overall health of some of our favourite athletes. More and more companies are recruiting athletic trainers to provide preventative education that effectively reduces injuries and subsequent insurance payouts.
Many factors can affect the differences in salaries for athletic trainers, like experience, certification, and geographic location. Specifically for athletic trainers, experience and proper certification will equal a much higher salary. Those who work for the NFL can earn an annual salary of $125,000 or more, while emergency athletic trainers can earn upwards of $100,000. Trainers who work in the recreational or youth sports industry earn the lowest annual salary out of all athletic trainers, coming in at $38,000.
The five top paying states for athletic trainers are New Jersey, District of Columbia, Texas, Massachusetts, and South Carolina with a range of $59,090 to $51,350. The best cities or metropolitan areas for an athletic trainer 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.