Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
11,150 5.6 % (4) $88,300 4.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $19,220 $26,390 $51,370 $102,940 (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 7,040 4.97 (4) $104,900
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,030 0.24 (4) $54,310
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 140 0.00 (4) $49,590
Traveler Accommodation 80 0.00 (4) $75,440
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 0.00 (4) $73,430

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 7,040 4.97 (4) $104,900
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,030 0.24 (4) $54,310
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 40 0.01 (4) $65,680
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 140 0.00 (4) $49,590
Traveler Accommodation 80 0.00 (4) $75,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 7,040 4.97 (4) $104,900
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events (8) (8) (4) $103,080
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers (8) (8) (4) $100,220
Traveler Accommodation 80 (7) (4) $75,440
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 (7) (4) $73,430


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 1,310 0.16 1.99 (4) $82,990
California 1,050 0.06 0.80 (4) $123,790
Pennsylvania 750 0.13 1.66 (4) $56,200
Missouri 680 0.24 3.11 (8) (8)
Connecticut 540 0.32 4.15 (4) $71,670




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)
Connecticut 540 0.32 4.15 (4) $71,670
Missouri 680 0.24 3.11 (8) (8)
Tennessee 530 0.18 2.34 (8) (8)
Oklahoma 260 0.17 2.15 (8) (8)
Indiana 510 0.17 2.15 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 440 0.17 2.19 (4) $149,730
Oregon 60 0.03 0.41 (4) $127,990
California 1,050 0.06 0.80 (4) $123,790
New York 330 0.04 0.46 (4) $92,480
Florida 1,310 0.16 1.99 (4) $82,990



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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)
St. Louis, MO-IL 490 0.36 4.65 (4) $42,410
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 400 0.20 2.60 (8) (8)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 390 0.38 4.81 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 330 0.18 2.27 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 300 0.21 2.65 (4) $194,410
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 290 0.30 3.89 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.06 0.77 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 250 0.07 0.87 (8) (8)
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 230 0.20 2.53 (8) (8)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 210 0.18 2.26 (4) $59,280


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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)
Reno, NV 130 0.58 7.43 (8) (8)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 390 0.38 4.81 (8) (8)
St. Louis, MO-IL 490 0.36 4.65 (4) $42,410
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 190 0.35 4.49 (8) (8)
Greeley, CO 30 0.33 4.21 (4) $26,840
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 80 0.32 4.13 (4) $57,730
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 290 0.30 3.89 (8) (8)
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 160 0.27 3.40 (4) $110,110
Tulsa, OK 110 0.26 3.39 (8) (8)
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.24 3.06 (4) $31,550


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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)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 300 0.21 2.65 (4) $194,410
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 120 0.13 1.64 (4) $112,780
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 160 0.27 3.40 (4) $110,110
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.03 0.33 (4) $92,590
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 60 0.06 0.80 (4) $92,060
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $89,220
Salt Lake City, UT 140 0.21 2.63 (4) $80,700
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) (4) $73,620
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) (4) $71,080
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.34 (4) $68,250


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018