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Chief Executive Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

The salary statistics of chief executives in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare chief executive salaries in different industries within the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector.

Average Annual Salary of Chief Executives

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$64,650
25th Percentile Wage
$106,000
50th Percentile Wage
$183,150
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chief executives in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $183,150. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $106,000. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid chief executives is $64,650.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of chief executives in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$183,150
4.28% 12.41%
2016
$175,320
3.87% -
2015
$168,540
4.91% -
2014
$160,270
2.39% -
2013
$156,440
-2.54% -
2012
$160,420
- -

Compare Chief Executive Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

The average salaries of chief executives in 13 industries in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for chief executive occupations is the promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events industry with an annual salary $198,500. The lowest paying industry is the agents and managers for artists, athletes, entertainers, and other public figures industry (annual salary $74,060). For detailed chief executive salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$198,500
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$195,470
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$190,180
Gambling Industries
$184,330
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$180,940
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$179,270
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$167,570
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$167,570
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
$162,050
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$151,560
Performing Arts Companies
$125,280
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$123,100
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$74,060

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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