Jan 29, 2015Salaries Grow for ATCs
The 2005 edition of the NATA’s Athletic Training Salary Survey contained good news for athletic trainers in all segments of the profession. The results, released in November during Allied Health Professionals Week, reveal that paychecks for athletic trainers have gone up considerably since last measured in 2003.
Compiling data from over 5,400 participants, the survey found that athletic trainers working in youth sports have experienced the greatest increase in salary—up 41.15 percent, to an average of $46,296. Those who work in professional sports also saw a large jump, 31.32 percent (to an average of $50,515). Those who work in high schools (up 15.91 percent, to $42,442), hospitals (up 14.92 percent, to $54,292), the performing arts (up 14.56 percent, to $56,135), and government settings (up 9.04 percent, to $50,716) also enjoyed increases.
Marjorie Albohm, MS, ATC, Vice President of the NATA Board of Directors, said in a press release that increased licensure requirements and regulations have led to greater acceptance of athletic trainers as qualified health care providers, a shift that is largely responsible for the higher salaries. “Many employers are now realizing the cost-effectiveness of having an athletic trainer on site to help prevent injuries and provide immediate treatment,” she said. “Their preventive care expertise makes them increasingly valuable in the American workplace.”