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.
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $100,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid athletes and sports competitors is $19,430.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of athletes and sports competitors in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of athletes and sports competitors 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 athletes and sports competitors occupations is the promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events industry with an annual salary $101,810. The lowest paying industry is the other amusement and recreation industries industry (annual salary $42,810). 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|| |
|Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers|| |
|Spectator Sports|| |
|Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries|| |
|Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers|| |
|Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries|| |
|Other Amusement and Recreation Industries|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 .