Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
10,260 6.4 % (4) $83,730 5.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $19,540 $26,390 $47,710 $95,290 (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 6,360 4.55 (4) $101,160
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,900 0.24 (4) $53,240
Local Government (OES Designation) 200 0.00 (4) $54,730
Traveler Accommodation 110 0.01 (4) $67,570
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 70 0.14 (8) (8)

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 6,360 4.55 (4) $101,160
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,900 0.24 (4) $53,240
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 70 0.14 (8) (8)
Traveler Accommodation 110 0.01 (4) $67,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 200 0.00 (4) $54,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 6,360 4.55 (4) $101,160
Traveler Accommodation 110 0.01 (4) $67,570
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) (4) $66,790
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) (4) $61,640
Local Government (OES Designation) 200 (7) (4) $54,730


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 1,340 0.16 2.22 (4) $66,410
California 940 0.06 0.81 (8) (8)
Pennsylvania 590 0.10 1.40 (8) (8)
Colorado 480 0.19 2.62 (4) $134,700
Illinois 470 0.08 1.08 (8) (8)




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 410 0.25 3.38 (4) $71,210
Colorado 480 0.19 2.62 (4) $134,700
Florida 1,340 0.16 2.22 (4) $66,410
Utah 180 0.13 1.76 (4) $86,220
Nevada 160 0.13 1.71 (4) $75,060




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 480 0.19 2.62 (4) $134,700
Texas 210 0.02 0.25 (4) $117,560
Washington 180 0.06 0.79 (4) $96,150
Massachusetts 450 0.13 1.76 (4) $92,940
Utah 180 0.13 1.76 (4) $86,220





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 400 0.11 1.50 (8) (8)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 390 0.06 0.80 (4) $59,710
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 310 0.16 2.19 (8) (8)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 310 0.24 3.33 (4) $54,210
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.17 2.34 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 290 0.21 2.83 (4) $186,020
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 270 0.27 3.69 (8) (8)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 240 0.21 2.84 (4) $63,850
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 220 0.19 2.64 (8) (8)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 180 0.20 2.76 (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)
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 100 0.76 10.34 (4) $73,120
Reno, NV 120 0.55 7.51 (8) (8)
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 80 0.33 4.45 (4) $35,080
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 170 0.28 3.90 (4) $114,410
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 270 0.27 3.69 (8) (8)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 310 0.24 3.33 (4) $54,210
Salt Lake City, UT 150 0.22 3.06 (4) $88,330
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 240 0.21 2.84 (4) $63,850
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 290 0.21 2.83 (4) $186,020
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 180 0.20 2.76 (8) (8)




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 290 0.21 2.83 (4) $186,020
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 170 0.28 3.90 (4) $114,410
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 110 0.12 1.63 (4) $113,430
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 110 0.07 0.98 (4) $109,970
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) (4) $109,370
Raleigh, NC (8) (8) (8) (4) $104,260
Salt Lake City, UT 150 0.22 3.06 (4) $88,330
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 1.15 (4) $73,570
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 100 0.76 10.34 (4) $73,120
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.58 (4) $69,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 1.99 (8) (8)

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 1.99 (8) (8)


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017