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Highest Paying Industries for Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

The top 12 highest paying industries for agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes (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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $103,860, legal services is the highest paying industry for agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes. It is followed by advertising, public relations, and related services industry (average annual salary $89,150). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 12 Highest Paying Industries for Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Legal Services
$103,860
n/a
2 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$89,150
40
3 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$78,320
180
4 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$74,300
210
5 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$63,870
8,090
6 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$63,360
10,660
7 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$63,310
10,680
8 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$62,640
830
9 Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$45,630
150
10 Performing Arts Companies
$45,070
750
11 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$42,780
n/a
12 Spectator Sports
$38,090
160
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