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Highest Paying Cities for Athletes and Sports Competitors

The top 100 highest paying cities for athletes and sports competitors (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of athletes and sports competitors in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $206,380, Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado is the highest paying city for athletes and sports competitors. It is followed by Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey (average annual salary $157,490). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of athletes and sports competitors in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Athletes and Sports Competitors

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$206,380
300
2 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$157,490
n/a
3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$114,980
120
4 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$99,580
160
5 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$91,880
330
6 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$86,440
230
7 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$70,580
80
8 Norwich-New London, Rhode Island
$69,480
100
9 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$68,390
170
10 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$67,210
490
11 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$67,090
60
12 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$65,720
310
13 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$64,550
60
14 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, USA
$64,500
380
15 Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Hampshire
$64,400
n/a
16 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$64,000
290
17 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$62,490
30
18 Naples-Marco Island, Florida
$62,280
160
19 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$59,840
400
20 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$59,370
60
21 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$59,310
270
22 Salt Lake City, Utah
$58,060
140
23 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$58,030
330
24 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$57,330
250
25 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$57,180
60
26 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$55,670
150
27 North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida
$55,180
110
28 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$52,480
50
29 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$51,950
n/a
30 New Haven, Connecticut
$51,770
n/a
31 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$51,010
40
32 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$50,820
n/a
33 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$50,780
40
34 Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska
$49,990
40
35 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$49,430
40
36 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$49,110
50
37 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$48,730
190
38 Boise City-Nampa, Idaho
$48,690
30
39 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, USA
$47,860
60
40 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$47,420
400
41 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan
$46,820
60
42 Midland, Texas
$46,630
n/a
43 Port St Lucie, Florida
$46,360
40
44 Knoxville, Tennessee
$45,540
n/a
45 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
$45,290
40
46 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$44,890
80
47 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$44,770
310
48 Rochester, New York
$42,880
n/a
49 Springfield, Missouri
$41,930
n/a
50 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$41,010
210
51 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$39,910
50
52 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$39,790
70
53 Columbus, Ohio
$38,790
190
54 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$38,720
390
55 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$38,670
110
56 St Louis, Missouri
$38,600
490
57 Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, USA
$38,580
150
58 Richmond, Virginia
$38,560
n/a
59 Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, South Carolina
$37,910
60
60 Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
$37,580
30
61 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$37,350
290
62 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$36,940
140
63 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
$36,570
80
64 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$36,060
70
65 Memphis, Tennessee
$35,940
50
66 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$35,580
310
67 Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, USA
$35,570
100
68 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$34,540
50
69 Kansas City, Missouri
$34,110
120
70 Sebastian-Vero Beach, Florida
$33,970
50
71 Columbia, South Carolina
$33,370
40
72 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania
$33,280
80
73 Provo-Orem, Utah
$33,270
50
74 Jackson, Mississippi
$32,260
30
75 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida
$31,900
120
76 Gainesville, Florida
$31,110
n/a
77 Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky
$30,800
60
78 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida
$30,620
30
79 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$30,240
n/a
80 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$28,630
30
81 Jacksonville, Florida
$28,370
n/a
82 Colorado Springs, Colorado
$25,850
n/a
83 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$24,870
160
84 Greeley, Colorado
$23,260
30
85 Ocala, Florida
$23,180
50
86 Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida
$19,980
180
87 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$19,950
140
88 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
$19,460
190
89 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$18,980
130
90 York-Hanover, Pennsylvania
$18,210
80
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