Chris Shenberger spends long hours on the job nursing injuries and teaching classes, but working in athletics is worth a lower salary.
Median starting pay: $32,800
Median mid-career pay: $45,700
For the number of hours athletic trainers dedicate to working with athletes, the compensation doesn't always measure up.
Chris Shenberger received a degree in athletic training at Capital University and is now working 60 to 70 hours a week nursing injuries, teaching classes and handling insurance claims as the head athletic trainer at Case Western Reserve University.
"In terms of the amount of time I put in, it's definitely low-paying, and I make significantly less money than a good portion of head coaches," he said. "But I'd rather get paid less money and be here until 10 p.m. because I like being around athletics a lot more than I would like sitting at a desk somewhere, even if it would bring me more money."
Source: PayScale.com How PayScale.com determined salary: Survey includes national median starting and mid-career salary for 120 popular bachelor degree majors. Salaries are for graduates who received bachelor's degrees from schools in the United States who work full time in the United States.