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Athletes and Sports Competitors Salary Information

The salary statistics of athletes and sports competitors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of athletes and sports competitors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The athletes and sports competitors 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. Athletes and Sports Competitors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,540
25th Percentile Wage
$26,390
50th Percentile Wage
$47,710
75th Percentile Wage
$95,290
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for athletes and sports competitors. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $95,290. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,710. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,540. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is almost 387% 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 athletes and sports competitors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201647,7106.35%16.03%
201544,6802.98%-
201443,3509.92%-
201339,050-2.59%-
201240,060--

Table 2. Athletes and Sports Competitors Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of athletes and sports competitors in 5 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 athletes and sports competitors occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $51,420. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $46,640).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$51,420
Accommodation and Food Services
$50,710
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$47,740
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$47,660
Federal, State, and Local Government
$46,640

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Athletes and Sports Competitors by States

From the above tables we note that not only athletes and sports competitors 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 athletes and sports competitors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,510 to $151,680. The highest paying state for athletes and sports competitors is Oklahoma with a median annual salary of $151,680. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $18,510. For more salary information of athletes and sports competitors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Oklahoma
$151,680
North Carolina
$105,990
Pennsylvania
$87,340
Connecticut
$70,610
California
$70,480
Colorado
$67,550
Utah
$64,230
New Jersey
$59,630
New York
$59,040
Illinois
$56,120
Nebraska
$54,050
Washington
$52,940
Massachusetts
$52,760
Louisiana
$50,360
Ohio
$49,610
Texas
$49,320
Virginia
$47,780
Florida
$47,610
Michigan
$45,460
Kentucky
$44,430
Tennessee
$41,120
Missouri
$39,640
Wisconsin
$39,100
Minnesota
$38,620
Arizona
$38,320
Georgia
$37,100
Mississippi
$36,970
Iowa
$36,540
Maryland
$36,000
South Carolina
$30,060
Nevada
$28,560
Arkansas
$18,510


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