Athletes and Sports Competitors Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

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

Average Annual Salary of Athletes and Sports Competitors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,150
25th Percentile Wage
$25,970
50th Percentile Wage
$50,750
75th Percentile Wage
$105,860
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for athletes and sports competitors in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) athletes and sports competitors is $105,860. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,750. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid athletes and sports competitors is $19,150.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$50,750
6.09% 22.03%
2016
$47,660
6.53% -
2015
$44,550
2.83% -
2014
$43,290
10.93% -
2013
$38,560
-2.62% -
2012
$39,570
- -

Compare Athletes and Sports Competitors Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

The average salaries of athletes and sports competitors in nine 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 athletes and sports competitors occupations is the promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events industry with an annual salary $95,400. The lowest paying industry is the performing arts companies industry (annual salary $37,760). For detailed athletes and sports competitors salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$95,400
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$88,840
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$58,540
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$57,430
Spectator Sports
$56,710
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
$47,510
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$43,240
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$41,930
Performing Arts Companies
$37,760

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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