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
$19,430
25th Percentile Wage
$26,390
50th Percentile Wage
$47,660
75th Percentile Wage
$100,430
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 $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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201647,6606.53%16.97%
201544,5502.83%-
201443,29010.93%-
201338,560-2.62%-
201239,570--

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 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
$101,810
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$57,910
Spectator Sports
$51,190
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$50,680
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
$43,760
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$43,270
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$42,810

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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