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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,290
25th Percentile Wage
$39,560
50th Percentile Wage
$62,080
75th Percentile Wage
$97,990
90th Percentile Wage
$194,810

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 $194,810. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $62,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,290. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 613% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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 from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201662,080-1.39%-2.08%
201562,940-2.00%-
201464,200-0.45%-
201364,4901.74%-
201263,370--

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 $23,400).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$94,560
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$83,340
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$77,290
Information
$64,820
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$61,060
Educational Services
$23,400

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 $29,400 to $84,510. The highest paying state for agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $84,510. The lowest paying state is Kentucky with a median annual salary of $29,400. 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
Massachusetts
$84,510
Virginia
$75,760
Louisiana
$72,070
Ohio
$67,450
Wisconsin
$67,100
California
$66,340
North Carolina
$63,800
New York
$63,230
Texas
$62,990
Connecticut
$62,870
Indiana
$62,020
Tennessee
$61,700
Florida
$60,460
Minnesota
$57,700
New Jersey
$57,330
Michigan
$56,290
Oregon
$55,260
Georgia
$53,460
Pennsylvania
$48,910
Colorado
$48,860
Vermont
$48,460
Nevada
$47,680
Illinois
$47,180
Alabama
$44,430
South Carolina
$38,970
Arizona
$38,290
Washington
$36,320
Maryland
$35,840
Missouri
$32,550
Kentucky
$29,400



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