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Highest Paying Cities for Athletes and Sports Competitors

The top 54 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 2017 [1]. For more salary information of athletes and sports competitors in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 54 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
290
2 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$157,490
n/a
3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$113,780
110
4 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$100,200
170
5 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$86,440
220
6 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$69,790
80
7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$67,340
200
8 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$67,210
490
9 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$67,090
60
10 Salt Lake City, Utah
$64,600
150
11 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$60,980
50
12 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$59,840
370
13 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$59,370
110
14 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$59,310
450
15 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$58,030
310
16 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$57,330
400
17 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$57,180
150
18 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$55,670
90
19 North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida
$55,180
110
20 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$52,480
50
21 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$51,010
40
22 Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska
$49,990
40
23 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$49,800
520
24 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$49,430
30
25 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$48,730
190
26 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$47,420
310
27 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$47,200
240
28 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$47,060
70
29 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan
$46,820
60
30 Port St Lucie, Florida
$46,360
40
31 Naples-Marco Island, Florida
$43,670
160
32 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$42,810
80
33 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$42,620
80
34 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$39,910
50
35 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$39,790
70
36 Columbus, Ohio
$38,790
190
37 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$38,720
270
38 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$38,670
120
39 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$37,350
180
40 Memphis, Tennessee
$35,940
50
41 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$34,540
50
42 Kansas City, Missouri
$34,110
420
43 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$33,890
440
44 Columbia, South Carolina
$33,370
40
45 Provo-Orem, Utah
$33,270
50
46 Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky
$30,800
50
47 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$29,960
300
48 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$28,630
30
49 Jacksonville, Florida
$28,370
n/a
50 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
$25,170
80
51 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$24,870
110
52 Ocala, Florida
$23,180
50
53 Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida
$19,980
180
54 York-Hanover, Pennsylvania
$18,210
80
See also: Highest paying industries for athletes and sports competitors.