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Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers 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, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,160
25th Percentile Wage
$20,860
50th Percentile Wage
$31,440
75th Percentile Wage
$49,340
90th Percentile Wage
$73,720

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers is $73,720. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $31,440. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,160. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 305% 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, coaches, umpires, and related workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201631,4401.37%9.10%
201531,0101.10%-
201430,6704.27%-
201329,3602.66%-
201228,580--

Table 2. Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers in 13 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, coaches, umpires, and related workers occupations is the construction sector with an annual salary $51,280. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $23,330).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Construction
$51,280
Information
$40,170
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$38,770
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$34,950
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$33,920
Health Care and Social Assistance
$33,910
Educational Services
$31,110
Retail Trade
$30,810
Federal, State, and Local Government
$29,870
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$25,570
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$25,420
Accommodation and Food Services
$24,770
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,330


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