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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
10,800 6.8 % (4) $87,030 4.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $19,040 $25,500 $50,650 $103,130 (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 7,080 4.91 (4) $103,570
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,670 0.20 (4) $50,320
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 150 0.30 (4) $114,420
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 130 0.00 (4) $49,290
Traveler Accommodation 60 0.00 (4) $51,160

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 7,080 4.91 (4) $103,570
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 150 0.30 (4) $114,420
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,670 0.20 (4) $50,320
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 50 0.01 (4) $67,630
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 130 0.00 (4) $49,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 150 0.30 (4) $114,420
Spectator Sports 7,080 4.91 (4) $103,570
Other Schools and Instruction (8) (8) (4) $80,880
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events (8) (8) (4) $76,670
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 (7) (4) $73,250


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 1,320 0.15 2.06 (4) $76,870
California 1,060 0.06 0.83 (4) $125,160
Pennsylvania 800 0.14 1.84 (4) $48,710
Arizona 580 0.21 2.79 (8) (8)
Missouri 550 0.20 2.62 (4) $72,590




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 580 0.21 2.79 (8) (8)
Missouri 550 0.20 2.62 (4) $72,590
Oklahoma 270 0.17 2.23 (8) (8)
Indiana 520 0.17 2.29 (8) (8)
Connecticut 280 0.17 2.24 (4) $67,800




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 370 0.14 1.91 (4) $183,110
Texas 310 0.03 0.35 (4) $130,580
California 1,060 0.06 0.83 (4) $125,160
New York 300 0.03 0.43 (4) $102,930
Nevada 80 0.06 0.84 (4) $89,730





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 560 0.27 3.65 (4) $35,740
St. Louis, MO-IL 490 0.36 4.83 (4) $44,970
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 460 0.44 5.95 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 410 0.09 1.18 (4) $64,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 400 0.07 0.88 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 320 0.03 0.45 (4) $104,590
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 290 0.10 1.36 (4) $67,910
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 260 0.17 2.33 (4) $238,050
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 210 0.22 2.96 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 210 0.08 1.03 (4) $71,940




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)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 460 0.44 5.95 (8) (8)
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 110 0.41 5.45 (4) $61,040
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 160 0.38 5.13 (4) $69,020
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 130 0.37 4.96 (8) (8)
St. Louis, MO-IL 490 0.36 4.83 (4) $44,970
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 200 0.36 4.87 (8) (8)
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 50 0.31 4.13 (4) $65,200
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 560 0.27 3.65 (4) $35,740
Reading, PA 50 0.26 3.45 (8) (8)
Tulsa, OK 100 0.24 3.22 (4) $42,420




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 260 0.17 2.33 (4) $238,050
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 320 0.03 0.45 (4) $104,590
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 80 0.08 1.10 (4) $91,440
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 50 0.18 2.47 (4) $86,190
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 70 0.15 2.04 (4) $73,550
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 210 0.08 1.03 (4) $71,940
Salt Lake City, UT 160 0.22 2.99 (4) $70,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 190 0.07 0.97 (4) $69,940
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 160 0.38 5.13 (4) $69,020
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA (8) (8) (8) (4) $68,440


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019