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Highest Paying States for Athletes and Sports Competitors

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $151,680, Oklahoma is the highest paying state for athletes and sports competitors. It is followed by North Carolina (average annual salary $105,990). 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 state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Athletes and Sports Competitors

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Oklahoma
$151,680
$16,830 120
2 North Carolina
$105,990
$33,860 310
3 Pennsylvania
$87,340
$27,320 590
4 Connecticut
$70,610
$22,890 410
5 California
$70,480
$22,570 940
6 Colorado
$67,550
$18,500 480
7 Utah
$64,230
$27,230 180
8 New Jersey
$59,630
$33,010 160
9 New York
$59,040
$26,000 320
10 Illinois
$56,120
$19,480 470
11 Nebraska
$54,050
$35,810 30
12 Washington
$52,940
$20,790 180
13 Massachusetts
$52,760
$21,210 450
14 Louisiana
$50,360
$22,840 50
15 Ohio
$49,610
$28,800 90
16 Texas
$49,320
$24,680 210
17 Virginia
$47,780
$18,970 170
18 Florida
$47,610
$24,040 1,340
19 Michigan
$45,460
$19,210 170
20 Kentucky
$44,430
$24,450 100
21 Tennessee
$41,120
$17,920 240
22 Missouri
$39,640
$17,730 670
23 Wisconsin
$39,100
$29,360 200
24 Minnesota
$38,620
$22,680 170
25 Arizona
$38,320
$19,560 320
26 Georgia
$37,100
$17,380 360
27 Mississippi
$36,970
$24,070 60
28 Iowa
$36,540
$17,180 130
29 Maryland
$36,000
$16,990 140
30 South Carolina
$30,060
$17,470 220
31 Nevada
$28,560
$16,360 160
32 Arkansas
$18,510
$16,180 110

Note: some states are missing from this table because the median salary information of athletes and sports competitors in those states is not available at this time.

See also: Highest paying industries for athletes and sports competitors, Top Paying Jobs in America.