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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 2018 [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
$16,830 260
2 North Carolina
$105,990
$33,860 410
3 Colorado
$97,860
$19,680 440
4 California
$85,820
$23,540 1,050
5 Oregon
$74,650
$22,910 60
6 Connecticut
$70,410
$24,560 540
7 Florida
$66,610
$23,900 1,310
8 New York
$63,710
$21,340 330
9 Utah
$57,950
$20,960 180
10 Illinois
$56,120
$19,480 330
11 Washington
$55,520
$24,630 110
12 New Jersey
$54,380
$27,530 90
13 Nebraska
$54,050
$35,810 30
14 Massachusetts
$52,760
$21,210 480
15 Louisiana
$50,360
$22,840 50
16 Texas
$49,320
$24,680 170
17 Virginia
$47,780
$18,970 170
18 Idaho
$47,220
$22,820 40
19 Tennessee
$41,120
$17,920 530
20 Ohio
$40,990
$26,630 70
21 Missouri
$39,640
$17,730 680
22 Wisconsin
$39,100
$29,360 190
23 Minnesota
$38,620
$22,680 150
24 Arizona
$38,320
$19,560 420
25 Maryland
$37,810
$21,180 220
26 Pennsylvania
$37,610
$17,570 750
27 Georgia
$37,100
$17,380 360
28 Mississippi
$36,970
$24,070 60
29 Indiana
$36,830
$25,720 510
30 Iowa
$36,540
$17,180 130
31 South Carolina
$30,840
$17,880 180
32 Kentucky
$30,670
$24,880 90
33 Michigan
$28,990
$18,930 120
34 Nevada
$26,950
$16,660 200
35 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.