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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
$63,410
25th Percentile Wage
$101,310
50th Percentile Wage
$175,320
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 $175,320. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $101,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid chief executives is $63,410.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of chief executives in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016175,3203.87%8.50%
2015168,5404.91%-
2014160,2702.39%-
2013156,440-2.54%-
2012160,420--

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

The average salaries of chief executives in twelve 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 amusement parks and arcades industry with an annual salary $196,350. The lowest paying industry is the performing arts companies industry (annual salary $142,850). For detailed chief executive salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$196,350
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$192,560
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$186,580
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$180,730
Gambling Industries
$179,260
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$165,280
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$165,280
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$162,390
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
$162,050
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$158,700
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$156,260
Performing Arts Companies
$142,850

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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