Strength and conditioning coaches or trainers work with both athletes and other clients of all ages on strengthening their muscles and learning how to properly stretch. These coaches typically work in fitness or recreation centres and health clubs. The average salary of a strength and conditioning coach depends on how much experience he has and the type of employer he works for.
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The average salary of a strength and conditioning coach in the United States was £22,971 as of May 2009, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS. On the salary scale, coaches in the 10th percentile earned less than £10,679 a year, while those in the 25th percentile earned less than £12,909. The median salary was £19,935, with coaches earning more than £29,718 in the 75th percentile and more than £40,378 in the 90th percentile.
The largest employers of strength and conditioning coaches in 2009 were the amusement and recreation industries, where the BLS reports the average salary was £23,855. Coaches working for civic and social organisations earned an average of £19,851, and those working in other schools and instruction earned an average of £19,246. The local government employed strength and conditioning coaches for an average salary of £22,067, while those working in general medical and surgical hospitals earned an average of £22,711.
The BLS states that Framingham, Massachusetts, had the highest salary average for strength and conditioning coaches as of 2009 at £41,827. The New York-White Plains-Wayne area of New York and New Jersey ranked second at £36,400, followed by Nassau-Suffolk, New York, at £35,269. Overall, New York was the highest-paying state for these coaches, with a salary average of £31,739, followed by the District of Columbia at £29,620.
To advance, strength and conditioning coaches typically need a bachelor's degree in an area such as exercise science or kinesiology. Depending on the type of facility a coach works in, she may advance to positions such as head coach or facility manager. Strength and conditioning coaches may also find higher salaries in other industries; the BLS reports that those working for religious organisations earned an average of £34,541 as of 2009, while those in the industry of educational support services earned an average of £35,646.
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