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The BLS reports the median annual salary for sports coaches was $28,360 in 2012. The best-paid 10 percent in the field made $65,910, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $17,210. Elementary and secondary schools are the largest employer of sports coaches, while business and labor organizations compensate them the best. The highest-paid in the profession work in the metropolitan areas of Athens, Ga., Auburn, Ala., and College Station, Texas.

Job Salary Year
2004 $37,570.00
2006 $37,800.00
2008 $39,400.00
2010 $35,950.00
2012 $36,680.00

Average Sports Coach Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

Sports coach takes home an average of $36,680 a year, which is less than the average salary for recreation and fitness workers ($36,900). Child and family social workers earn about $8,600 more per year, and high school teachers bring in approximately $21,000 more per year than sports coaches. However, keep in mind that many athletic coaches are teachers as well.

Job Name Salary
High School Teacher $55,050.00
School Counselor $53,610.00
Middle School Teacher $53,430.00
Child and Family Social Worker $41,530.00
Recreation and Fitness Worker $31,720.00
Sports Coach $28,360.00

Best Paying Cities for Sport Coaches

The highest paid in the sports coach profession work in the metropolitan areas of Athens, Ga., Auburn, Ala., and College Station, Texas. The Champaign, Ill. area also pays well, as does the city of Morgantown, W. Va.

Athens, Ga.

Average Salary: $105,600 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a sports coach working in Athens, Ga. is $105,600, which is $77,240 more than the average pay in the profession.

Auburn, Ala.

Average Salary: $99,820 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a sports coach working in Auburn, Ala. is $99,820, which is $71,460 more than the average pay in the profession.

College Station, Texas

Average Salary: $79,310 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a sports coach working in College Station, Texas is $79,310, which is $50,950 more than the average pay in the profession.

Champaign, Ill.

Average Salary: $78,860 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a sports coach working in Champaign, Ill. is $78,860, which is $50,500 more than the average pay in the profession.

Morgantown, W. Va.

Average Salary: $78,370 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a sports coach working in Morgantown, W. Va. is $78,370, which is $50,010 more than the average pay in the profession.

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