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Agent and Business Manager of Artists, Performers, and Athletes Salary Information

The salary statistics of agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Agent and Business Manager of Artists, Performers, and Athletes Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,020
25th Percentile Wage
$43,870
50th Percentile Wage
$64,940
75th Percentile Wage
$104,010
90th Percentile Wage
$200,310

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes. 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 $200,310. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $64,940. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,020. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 545% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$64,940
4.40% 2.42%
2016
$62,080
-1.39% -
2015
$62,940
-2.00% -
2014
$64,200
-0.45% -
2013
$64,490
1.74% -
2012
$63,370
- -

Table 2. Agent and Business Manager of Artists, Performers, and Athletes Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes in 6 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $94,560. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $24,490).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$94,560
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$88,620
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$88,390
Information
$66,550
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$64,730
Educational Services
$24,490

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes by States

From the above tables we note that not only agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $33,720 to $79,920. The highest paying state for agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $79,920. The lowest paying state is Arizona with a median annual salary of $33,720. For more salary information of agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$79,920
New York
$77,340
Virginia
$75,760
Texas
$72,270
South Carolina
$72,200
Kansas
$71,970
Wisconsin
$71,040
Kentucky
$66,910
Georgia
$66,100
California
$65,770
Florida
$64,930
Tennessee
$63,920
Connecticut
$62,870
Michigan
$62,790
New Jersey
$62,390
North Carolina
$60,870
Minnesota
$59,540
Illinois
$58,460
Washington
$57,510
Massachusetts
$53,730
Utah
$51,820
New Mexico
$51,030
Colorado
$48,860
Vermont
$48,460
Pennsylvania
$46,840
Nevada
$45,750
Alabama
$44,430
Ohio
$44,370
Oregon
$43,980
Louisiana
$43,480
Oklahoma
$42,050
Maryland
$40,140
Indiana
$39,950
Missouri
$36,130
Arizona
$33,720



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