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Highest Paying Industries for Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers

The top 100 highest paying industries for entertainers and performers, sports and related workers (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 $172,310, communications equipment manufacturing is the highest paying industry for entertainers and performers, sports and related workers. It is followed by computer and electronic product manufacturing industry (average annual salary $140,830). 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 entertainers and performers, sports and related workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$172,310
60
2 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$140,830
70
3 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$95,300
100
4 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$90,170
7,170
5 Software Publishers
$82,630
510
6 Wholesale Trade
$81,960
140
7 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$81,620
16,300
8 Telecommunications
$81,550
780
9 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$81,280
770
10 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$81,240
440
11 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$78,690
680
12 Manufacturing
$78,680
170
13 Specialized Design Services
$78,490
470
14 Other Information Services
$76,800
1,940
15 Federal government, including USPS
$74,820
1,400
16 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$74,680
1,400
17 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$71,630
1,270
18 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$71,290
7,280
19 Scientific Research and Development Services
$70,290
40
20 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$66,820
3,510
21 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$65,580
40
22 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$65,510
380
23 Nonstore Retailers
$65,510
380
24 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$64,050
760
25 Rental and Leasing Services
$63,150
110
26 Lessors of Real Estate
$62,250
n/a
27 Television Broadcasting
$60,580
19,180
28 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$60,440
850
29 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$60,260
72,900
30 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$60,080
74,080
31 Information
$60,060
106,840
32 Newspaper Publishers
$59,510
310
33 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$58,240
28,770
34 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$58,090
990
35 Social Advocacy Organizations
$57,770
490
36 Casino Hotels
$57,110
1,050
37 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$56,950
25,260
38 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$53,950
630
39 Sound Recording Industries
$53,930
1,180
40 Other Personal Services
$53,840
130
41 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$53,840
9,730
42 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$52,450
170
43 Personal and Laundry Services
$51,450
230
44 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$50,960
150
45 Construction
$49,260
60
46 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$48,860
210
47 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$48,710
250
48 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$48,250
1,720
49 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$48,020
18,860
50 State government, including schools and hospitals
$47,920
20,390
51 Educational Services - State government owned
$47,740
19,760
52 Radio Broadcasting
$47,590
6,070
53 Performing Arts Companies
$47,000
44,740
54 Outpatient Care Centers
$46,900
50
55 Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
$46,170
330
56 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$45,860
200
57 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$45,520
79,290
58 Finance and Insurance
$44,910
100
59 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$43,820
150
60 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$43,370
60
61 Other Support Services
$42,860
210
62 Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$42,830
17,120
63 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$42,810
100
64 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$42,770
44,450
65 Photographic Services
$42,060
160
66 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$42,040
5,810
67 Retail Trade
$41,190
860
68 Junior colleges - State government owned
$40,860
740
69 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$40,200
4,310
70 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$40,150
3,540
71 Religious Organizations
$39,770
13,540
72 Traveler Accommodation
$39,480
2,620
73 Transportation and Warehousing
$39,220
160
74 Gambling Industries
$38,920
210
75 Accommodation
$38,860
2,740
76 Spectator Sports
$38,630
18,010
77 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$38,600
n/a
78 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$38,400
25,480
79 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$38,200
370
80 Department Stores
$37,920
60
81 General Merchandise Stores
$37,920
60
82 Elementary and Secondary Schools - State government owned
$37,900
90
83 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$37,570
137,090
84 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$37,410
90
85 Real Estate
$37,390
140
86 Offices of Physicians
$37,330
180
87 Health Care and Social Assistance
$37,220
2,100
88 Individual and Family Services
$36,820
1,220
89 Death Care Services
$35,540
100
90 Social Assistance
$35,410
1,500
91 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$35,390
94,530
92 Technical and trade schools - Privately owned
$35,280
40
93 Activities Related to Real Estate
$34,920
70
94 Junior colleges - Privately owned
$34,570
30
95 Technical and Trade Schools
$34,020
50
96 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$33,870
16,520
97 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$33,480
25,500
98 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$33,450
13,600
99 Federal, State, and Local Government
$33,450
13,600
100 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$33,390
25,270