Agent and Business Manager of Artists, Performers, and Athletes Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

The salary statistics of agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare agent and business manager of artists, performers, and athletes salaries in different industries within the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector.

Average Annual Salary of Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,960
25th Percentile Wage
$38,890
50th Percentile Wage
$61,060
75th Percentile Wage
$95,440
90th Percentile Wage
$196,860

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes is $196,860. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $61,060. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes is $26,960.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201661,060-0.67%-3.73%
201561,470-2.99%-
201463,310-0.74%-
201363,7800.69%-
201263,340--

Compare Agent and Business Manager of Artists, Performers, and Athletes Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

The average salaries of agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes in seven 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 agent and business manager of artists, performers, and athletes occupations is the spectator sports industry with an annual salary $87,890. The lowest paying industry is the theater companies and dinner theaters industry (annual salary $38,240). For detailed agent and business manager of artists, performers, and athletes salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Spectator Sports
$87,890
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$68,420
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$62,200
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$61,080
Performing Arts Companies
$52,350
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$49,760
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$38,240

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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