Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
11,710 7.9 % (4) $80,490 5.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $19,910 $28,400 $44,680 $89,780 (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 7,790 5.63 (4) $93,000
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,860 0.24 (4) $51,950
Local Government (OES Designation) 200 0.00 (4) $47,760
Traveler Accommodation 150 0.01 (4) $65,310
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 90 0.37 (4) $94,880

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 7,790 5.63 (4) $93,000
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 90 0.37 (4) $94,880
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,860 0.24 (4) $51,950
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 70 0.14 (4) $104,960
Traveler Accommodation 150 0.01 (4) $65,310

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 70 0.14 (4) $104,960
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 90 0.37 (4) $94,880
Spectator Sports 7,790 5.63 (4) $93,000
Traveler Accommodation 150 0.01 (4) $65,310
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) (4) $63,520


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 2,840 0.36 4.22 (4) $49,110
Pennsylvania 950 0.17 1.97 (8) (8)
California 770 0.05 0.59 (8) (8)
Illinois 430 0.07 0.87 (4) $87,490
North Carolina 410 0.10 1.16 (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)
Florida 2,840 0.36 4.22 (4) $49,110
Pennsylvania 950 0.17 1.97 (8) (8)
Utah 180 0.14 1.60 (4) $78,530
Colorado 340 0.14 1.65 (8) (8)
Nevada 140 0.12 1.36 (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)
Texas 320 0.03 0.33 (4) $114,520
Illinois 430 0.07 0.87 (4) $87,490
Oregon (8) (8) (8) (4) $82,600
Utah 180 0.14 1.60 (4) $78,530
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) (4) $78,220




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)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 380 0.44 5.13 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 1.18 (4) $96,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 330 0.13 1.58 (4) $49,030
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 320 0.28 3.35 (4) $58,880
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 270 0.20 2.34 (8) (8)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 260 0.22 2.54 (4) $56,610
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 260 0.23 2.76 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 230 0.12 1.43 (4) $91,850
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 230 0.96 11.27 (4) $32,540
Pittsburgh, PA 210 0.19 2.21 (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)
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 230 0.96 11.27 (4) $32,540
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 120 0.68 8.06 (4) $41,430
Reno, NV 110 0.56 6.61 (4) $73,260
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 380 0.44 5.13 (8) (8)
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 110 0.41 4.82 (4) $60,200
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 200 0.36 4.27 (8) (8)
Port St. Lucie, FL 40 0.34 3.97 (4) $76,770
Ann Arbor, MI 60 0.29 3.38 (4) $81,380
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 320 0.28 3.35 (4) $58,880
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 260 0.23 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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $108,880
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 170 0.11 1.31 (4) $103,000
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 1.18 (4) $96,070
Oklahoma City, OK 80 0.13 1.59 (4) $95,690
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 230 0.12 1.43 (4) $91,850
Salt Lake City, UT 130 0.20 2.34 (4) $91,570
Ann Arbor, MI 60 0.29 3.38 (4) $81,380
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $79,030
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA (8) (8) (8) (4) $78,250
Port St. Lucie, FL 40 0.34 3.97 (4) $76,770

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 40 0.19 2.20 (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 40 0.19 2.20 (8) (8)


About May 2015 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 $90.00 per hour or $187,200 per year.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016