Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

27-2021 Athletes and Sports Competitors

Compete in athletic events.

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Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
Wage RSE (3)
11,840 7.2 % (4) $90,410 5.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $13,310 $20,470 $45,780 (5) (5)
(4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Spectator sports 7,820 (4) $108,170 1 2
Other amusement and recreation industries 2,270 (4) $40,890 2 6
Promoters of performing arts and sports 370 (4) $82,580 3 3
Local government (OES designation) 150 (4) $38,410 4 7
Sporting goods and musical instrument stores 150 (4) $35,810 5 8

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Agents and managers for public figures (6) (4) $187,380 (6) 1
Spectator sports 7,820 (4) $108,170 1 2
Promoters of performing arts and sports 370 (4) $82,580 3 3
Colleges and universities 130 (4) $47,520 7 4
Traveler accommodation 110 (4) $41,320 8 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Utah 250 (4) $53,120 0.024% 113
Pennsylvania 1,140 (4) $123,640 0.021% 9
Idaho 120 (4) $27,960 0.021% 359
Colorado 370 (4) $168,800 0.018% 5
Florida 1,170 (4) $53,460 0.016% 135

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 80 (4) $204,980 0.013% 1
Colorado 370 (4) $168,800 0.018% 5
Tennessee 250 (4) $136,250 0.010% 8
California 900 (4) $129,230 0.006% 11
Arizona 280 (4) $124,470 0.012% 11

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Myrtle Beach, SC MSA 50 (4) $32,240 0.049%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 360 (4) (5) 0.033%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 60 (4) $47,790 0.030%
Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT MSA 210 (4) $56,380 0.030%
Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA 70 (4) $39,610 0.028%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Denver, CO PMSA 300 (4) (5) 0.026%
Nashville, TN MSA 170 (4) (5) 0.026%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 360 (4) (5) 0.033%
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC MSA (6) (4) (5) (6)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 280 (4) (5) 0.023%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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) Hourly wage rates for occupations where workers typically work fewer than 2,080 hours per year are not available.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: July 22, 2004

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