Despite our education and qualifications, we are still earning an average salary of $34,000 to $52,000 annually.
Not only are athletic trainers underpaid, a majority of athletic trainers RARELY work 40 hours a week. When a sport is in season, we often travel to every location with the team. We could be on the road for 4 out of the 7 days a week during mid-season. Athletic Trainers are passionate about what they do, and this causes us to give in and take lower salaries. However, in our previous blog posts, we know we have retention issues… and I think we can all ascertain WHY!
We are going to lose great Athletic Trainers if they are not paid fairly. But part of this, is standing for what is or isn’t appropriate… healthcare isn’t free… don’t be underpaid and overworked… you make it harder for the rest of us!
Emilie Miley LAT, ATC & Michael Neal LAT, ATC