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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
12,320 8.8 % (4) $ 116,930 4.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Athletes and Sports Competitors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 25,270 $ 37,890 $ 77,300 (5) (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 9,080 7.96 (4) $ 134,230
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,370 0.21 (4) $ 60,220
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 50 0.00 (4) $ 54,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 0.00 (4) $ 73,540

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 9,080 7.96 (4) $ 134,230
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,370 0.21 (4) $ 60,220
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 0.00 (4) $ 73,540
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 50 0.00 (4) $ 54,810

Top paying industries for Athletes and Sports Competitors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 9,080 7.96 (4) $ 134,230
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) (4) $ 73,540
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,370 0.21 (4) $ 60,220
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 50 (7) (4) $ 54,810


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.



Map of employment of athletes and sports competitors by state, May 2021


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)
Florida 2,010 0.23 2.67 (4) $ 143,270
Tennessee 1,010 0.34 3.87 (8) (8)
North Carolina 670 0.15 1.73 (4) $ 100,100
Arizona 460 0.16 1.82 (4) $ 41,500
Pennsylvania 400 0.07 0.81 (4) $ 68,020


Map of location quotient of athletes and sports competitors by state, May 2021


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)
Tennessee 1,010 0.34 3.87 (8) (8)
Arkansas 380 0.32 3.63 (4) $ 54,560
Florida 2,010 0.23 2.67 (4) $ 143,270
Utah 280 0.18 2.06 (4) $ 140,300
Alabama 310 0.16 1.83 (4) $ 43,140


Map of annual mean wages of athletes and sports competitors by state, May 2021


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 390 0.10 1.17 (4) $ 187,010
Texas (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 186,980
Minnesota (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 182,690
Colorado 270 0.10 1.18 (4) $ 174,810
Washington 140 0.04 0.48 (4) $ 163,060



Map of employment of athletes and sports competitors by area, May 2021


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)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 700 0.29 3.28 (4) $ 140,040
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 490 0.50 5.68 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 450 0.21 2.41 (4) $ 41,340
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 430 0.33 3.82 (4) $ 141,900
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 420 0.05 0.55 (4) $ 177,830
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 360 0.59 6.76 (4) $ 75,220
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 320 0.12 1.41 (4) $ 139,500
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 310 0.26 2.95 (4) $ 90,360
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 290 0.07 0.78 (4) $ 61,810
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 280 0.11 1.20 (4) $ 91,700


Map of location quotient of athletes and sports competitors by area, May 2021


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)
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 170 0.63 7.16 (4) $ 142,090
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 360 0.59 6.76 (4) $ 75,220
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 490 0.50 5.68 (8) (8)
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 130 0.44 5.01 (4) $ 153,560
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 430 0.33 3.82 (4) $ 141,900
Raleigh, NC 190 0.30 3.39 (8) (8)
Oklahoma City, OK 180 0.29 3.32 (4) $ 33,390
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 700 0.29 3.28 (4) $ 140,040
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 310 0.26 2.95 (4) $ 90,360
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 260 0.26 2.93 (4) $ 167,930


Map of annual mean wages of athletes and sports competitors by area, May 2021


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)
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 170 0.16 1.86 (4) $ 212,500
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 120 0.13 1.43 (4) $ 210,210
Columbus, OH 150 0.15 1.68 (4) $ 201,290
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 188,480
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 210 0.14 1.62 (4) $ 186,990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 181,850
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 420 0.05 0.55 (4) $ 177,830
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 260 0.26 2.93 (4) $ 167,930
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 161,100
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 130 0.44 5.01 (4) $ 153,560


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022