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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

27-2021 Athletes and Sports Competitors

Compete in athletic events.


National estimates for Athletes and Sports Competitors
Industry profile for Athletes and Sports Competitors
Geographic profile for Athletes and Sports Competitors

National estimates for Athletes and Sports Competitors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Athletes and Sports Competitors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
8,380 5.4 % (4) $ 94,740 6.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Athletes and Sports Competitors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 20,270 $ 25,790 $ 50,850 $ 105,510 (5)
  (4)

Industry profile for Athletes and Sports Competitors:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Athletes and Sports Competitors are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Athletes and Sports Competitors, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Athletes and Sports Competitors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 5,900 5.37 (4) $ 111,480
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,030 0.20 (4) $ 52,140
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 100 0.00 (4) $ 49,940
Civic and Social Organizations 50 0.02 (4) $ 122,200
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 0.00 (4) $ 62,800

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Athletes and Sports Competitors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 5,900 5.37 (4) $ 111,480
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,030 0.20 (4) $ 52,140
Civic and Social Organizations 50 0.02 (4) $ 122,200
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 0.00 (4) $ 62,800
Traveler Accommodation 40 0.00 (4) $ 54,510

Top paying industries for Athletes and Sports Competitors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Civic and Social Organizations 50 0.02 (4) $ 122,200
Spectator Sports 5,900 5.37 (4) $ 111,480
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) (4) $ 62,800
Traveler Accommodation 40 (7) (4) $ 54,510
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events (8) (8) (4) $ 53,580


Geographic profile for Athletes and Sports Competitors:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Athletes and Sports Competitors are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Athletes and Sports Competitors, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Athletes and Sports Competitors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 840 0.15 2.52 (4) $ 59,610
Arizona 790 0.28 4.60 (4) $ 39,010
Florida 550 0.07 1.09 (4) $ 71,000
Massachusetts 440 0.13 2.19 (4) $ 87,000
Illinois 400 0.07 1.18 (4) $ 62,410




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Athletes and Sports Competitors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arizona 790 0.28 4.60 (4) $ 39,010
Pennsylvania 840 0.15 2.52 (4) $ 59,610
Massachusetts 440 0.13 2.19 (4) $ 87,000
South Carolina 230 0.11 1.90 (4) $ 40,100
Oklahoma 180 0.11 1.87 (4) $ 70,620




Top paying states for Athletes and Sports Competitors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 380 0.10 1.66 (4) $ 202,020
Louisiana 190 0.10 1.73 (4) $ 180,200
Colorado 280 0.11 1.82 (4) $ 179,000
Minnesota 50 0.02 0.29 (4) $ 164,800
Ohio 140 0.03 0.45 (4) $ 141,740





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Athletes and Sports Competitors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 770 0.37 6.09 (4) $ 38,880
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 380 0.04 0.71 (4) $ 197,690
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 380 0.15 2.41 (4) $ 92,030
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 340 0.13 2.10 (4) $ 83,530
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 310 0.07 1.17 (4) $ 68,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 300 0.05 0.85 (8) (8)
Pittsburgh, PA 270 0.25 4.14 (8) (8)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 260 0.25 4.20 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 230 0.16 2.59 (4) $ 182,290
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 160 0.05 0.88 (4) $ 102,400




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Athletes and Sports Competitors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 150 0.42 7.00 (8) (8)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 110 0.41 6.81 (4) $ 22,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 770 0.37 6.09 (4) $ 38,880
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 90 0.36 5.94 (8) (8)
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 90 0.27 4.48 (4) $ 38,710
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 260 0.25 4.20 (8) (8)
Pittsburgh, PA 270 0.25 4.14 (8) (8)
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.23 3.79 (4) $ 77,980
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 230 0.16 2.59 (4) $ 182,290
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 380 0.15 2.41 (4) $ 92,030




Top paying metropolitan areas for Athletes and Sports Competitors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 380 0.04 0.71 (4) $ 197,690
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 230 0.16 2.59 (4) $ 182,290
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 160 0.05 0.88 (4) $ 102,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 150 0.05 0.81 (4) $ 93,840
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 380 0.15 2.41 (4) $ 92,030
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 340 0.13 2.10 (4) $ 83,530
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.23 3.79 (4) $ 77,980
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 40 0.12 1.94 (4) $ 76,400
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 50 0.12 2.00 (4) $ 71,650
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 310 0.07 1.17 (4) $ 68,060


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021