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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

27-2021 Athletes and Sports Competitors

Compete in athletic events.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
11,330 5.2 % (4) $93,140 5.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $19,280 $25,770 $51,370 $109,920 (5)
  (4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 7,680 5.22 (4) $111,850
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,860 0.21 (8) (8)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 200 0.13 (4) $74,580
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 120 0.00 (4) $49,660
Traveler Accommodation 70 0.00 (4) $52,680

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 7,680 5.22 (4) $111,850
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,860 0.21 (8) (8)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 200 0.13 (4) $74,580
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 120 0.00 (4) $49,660
Traveler Accommodation 70 0.00 (4) $52,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 7,680 5.22 (4) $111,850
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers (8) (8) (4) $107,420
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 (7) (4) $76,190
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 200 0.13 (4) $74,580
Traveler Accommodation 70 (7) (4) $52,680


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 1,250 0.14 1.84 (4) $73,150
Pennsylvania 1,030 0.17 2.27 (4) $47,300
California 730 0.04 0.54 (4) $144,700
Illinois 610 0.10 1.31 (4) $47,730
Arizona 600 0.21 2.70 (4) $40,140




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arizona 600 0.21 2.70 (4) $40,140
Pennsylvania 1,030 0.17 2.27 (4) $47,300
Oklahoma 270 0.17 2.17 (8) (8)
Connecticut 290 0.17 2.25 (4) $67,170
South Carolina 310 0.15 1.90 (4) $35,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 460 0.11 1.47 (4) $222,460
Indiana 470 0.15 1.98 (4) $166,100
Colorado 270 0.10 1.32 (4) $161,690
California 730 0.04 0.54 (4) $144,700
Ohio 180 0.03 0.42 (4) $142,090





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 570 0.27 3.51 (4) $40,190
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 560 0.06 0.76 (4) $197,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 510 0.08 1.05 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 450 0.10 1.26 (4) $52,730
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 450 0.16 2.03 (4) $75,450
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 430 0.16 2.02 (8) (8)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 390 0.37 4.77 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 330 0.12 1.55 (4) $112,010
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 310 0.25 3.23 (8) (8)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 240 0.09 1.16 (8) (8)




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 220 0.61 7.85 (8) (8)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 0.47 6.10 (4) $73,350
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 110 0.41 5.35 (4) $57,920
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 390 0.37 4.77 (8) (8)
Oklahoma City, OK 210 0.34 4.38 (8) (8)
Reading, PA 60 0.33 4.34 (4) $31,060
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 50 0.31 4.02 (4) $62,500
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 570 0.27 3.51 (4) $40,190
Peoria, IL 50 0.27 3.46 (8) (8)
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 70 0.25 3.20 (4) $72,800




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

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 560 0.06 0.76 (4) $197,550
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 230 0.15 1.94 (4) $172,760
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 330 0.12 1.55 (4) $112,010
Salt Lake City, UT 120 0.16 2.11 (4) $101,440
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 110 0.13 1.73 (4) $90,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 170 0.05 0.68 (4) $86,510
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 80 0.16 2.06 (4) $75,710
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 450 0.16 2.03 (4) $75,450
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 0.47 6.10 (4) $73,350
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 70 0.25 3.20 (4) $72,800


About May 2019 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020