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Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports for the primary purpose of competition. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching certifications should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.
Titles for this career often contain these words
CoachTeacherInstructorAthleticScoutBasketballGolfSportsBaseballCollegeDivingFieldHockeyFootballGymnasticIceSkatingKarateProfessionalSkiSwimSwimmingTennisTrackAthleticsClubManagerBowlingBoxingTrainerCrossCountryGymnasiumGymnasticsHighSchoolJudoLacrosseMartialArtsMen'sAthletesRecruitingCoordinatorRidingSkiingSkinSoccerSoftballRecruiterStrengthConditioningVolleyballWrestling
Education
About 67% of coaches and scouts have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by coaches and scouts
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More coaches and scouts have bachelor's degrees than 78% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Coaches and scouts, with 290,100 workers, form a larger workforce than 83% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for coaches and scouts are expected to grow by 11%, and should have about 47,600 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Coaches and scouts are less likely to be automated than 90% of other careers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for coaches and scouts compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most coaches and scouts earn.
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Gender
Women account for 32% of coaches and scouts -- that's a smaller percentage than 55% of other jobs.
Gender of coaches and scouts
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For coaches and scouts, the median men's salary was 18% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 17% of coaches and scouts are minority, and 11% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of coaches and scouts
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (11%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Coaches and Scouts per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Context: workers are union members
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of coaches and scouts who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (63%)
  • Time Pressure (62%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (61%)
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Salary and diversity
What do coaches and scouts earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for coaches and scouts (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for coaches and scouts (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $42KAll jobs' median $45K$45K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire coaches and scouts.
Employers of Coaches and Scouts (ACS)
Private for-profit (49.1%)
Private not-for-profit (15.7%)
Local government (6.3%)
State government (11.6%)
Federal government (0.5%)
Self-employed incorporated (6.7%)
Self-employed not incorporated (9.9%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of coaches and scouts by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$42K$41K$44K$50K$52K$50K$31K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of coaches and scouts by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for coaches and scouts

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Coaches and scouts and gender

With 32% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 55% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Coaches and scouts
Men (68%)
Women (32%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%. The situation is a little better for coaches and scouts, with the median salary for men 18% higher than the median salary for women.

$38K$45K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of coaches and scouts

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a smaller percentage of minority coaches and scouts than for 65% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of coaches and scouts
White (81% )
Black (10% )
Asian (3% )
Multiracial (3% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (0% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
17%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
11%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for coaches and scouts by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for coaches and scouts by nativity
$42K$45K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Coaches and scouts and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 52% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 95% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time coaches and scouts is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by coaches and scouts

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), coaches and scouts typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as coaches and scouts as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for coaches and scouts

College and professional coaches usually must have a bachelor’s degree, typically in any subject. However, some coaches may decide to study exercise and sports science, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and fitness, physical education, or sports medicine.

High schools typically hire teachers or administrators at the school for most coaching jobs. If no suitable teacher is found, schools hire a qualified candidate from outside the school. For more information on education requirements for teachers, see the profile on high school teachers

Like coaches, scouts must typically have a bachelor’s degree. Some scouts decide to get a degree in business, marketing, sales, or sports management.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for coaches and scouts

Most state high school athletic associations require coaches to be certified or at least complete mandatory education courses.

Certification often requires coaches to be a minimum age (at least 18 years old) and be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. Some states also require coaches to attend classes related to sports safety and coaching fundamentals prior to becoming certified. For information about specific state coaching requirements, contact the state’s high school athletic association or visit the National Association of State Boards of Education.

Although most public high school coaches need to meet these state requirements in order to become a coach, certification may not be required for coaching jobs in private schools.

Some schools may require coaches to have a teaching license and complete a background check.

Certification requirements for college coaching positions also vary.

Additional certification may be highly desirable or even required for someone to coach individual sports such as tennis or golf. There are many certifying organizations specific to the various sports, and their requirements vary.

Part-time workers and those in smaller facilities or youth leagues are less likely to need formal education or training and may not need certification.

Education attained by coaches and scouts
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for coaches and scouts? Below we see the distribution of coaches and scouts salaries based on the education attained.

$22K$31K$35K$36K$42K$53K$64K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KNone (2%)High School (8%)Some College (18%)Associate's/Cert. (6%)Bachelor's Degree (42%)Master's Degree (22%)Professional Degree (1%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

College majors held by coaches and scouts

This table shows the college majors held by people working as coaches and scouts.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Coaches and scouts with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers

With the following sankey diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as coaches and scouts, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. We hope this provides ideas for similar jobs and similar fields of study.

What college major is your best entry?

About 67% of people working as coaches and scouts have at least a bachelor's degree. Each dot represents a college major leading to these jobs, with the dots to the right representing the majors sending the most of their grads into this career. The dots at the top are the majors who earn the most working in this career.

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Switching Careers
The most common next careers for coaches and scouts

What jobs will most coaches and scouts hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of coaches and scouts reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workersExercise/Group fitness trainers and other recreation workersSecondary School TeachersSpecialized Teachers and InstructorsEducation and childcare administratorsElementary and Middle School School TeachersLaborers and Freight, Stock, and By-Hand Material MoversPostsecondary teachers and assistants
Lateral job transitions for coaches and scouts

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 7 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as coaches and scouts as well as 1% of respondents after working as coaches and scouts. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Prior and next careers for coaches and scouts: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as coaches and scouts? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of coaches and scouts surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most coaches and scouts? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as coaches and scouts. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Coaches and Scouts per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where coaches and scouts earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for coaches and scouts compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for coaches and scouts.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Coaches and Scouts (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which coaches and scouts earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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