Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

27-2021 Athletes and Sports Competitors

Compete in athletic events.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State 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)
12,250 5.6 % (4) $86,690 5.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $14,030 $23,130 $48,310 (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
Spectator sports 8,100 (4) $103,910
Other schools and instruction 170 (4) $37,360
Promoters of performing arts and sports 160 (4) $86,340
Colleges and universities 160 (4) $46,430
Local government (OES designation) 150 (4) $37,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Agents and managers for public figures (7) (4) $175,080
Spectator sports 8,100 (4) $103,910
Promoters of performing arts and sports 160 (4) $86,340
Activities related to real estate 50 (4) $67,330
Colleges and universities 160 (4) $46,430

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
Utah 230 (4) $54,870 0.022%
Colorado 400 (4) $154,020 0.019%
Louisiana 340 (4) $29,810 0.018%
Georgia 680 (4) $53,790 0.018%
Arizona 410 (4) $123,960 0.018%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 80 (4) $164,360 0.013%
Colorado 400 (4) $154,020 0.019%
New York 590 (4) $138,070 0.007%
Missouri 360 (4) $136,330 0.014%
Wisconsin 320 (4) $128,870 0.012%

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
Richmond-Petersburg, VA MSA 200 (7) (7) 0.036%
Boise City, ID MSA 80 (4) $43,530 0.034%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 360 (4) $162,070 0.033%
New Orleans, LA MSA 200 (4) $31,110 0.033%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 380 (4) $177,090 0.031%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Denver, CO PMSA 310 (4) $183,030 0.027%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 380 (4) $177,090 0.031%
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC MSA (7) (4) $166,770 (7)
Nashville, TN MSA 190 (4) $166,630 0.028%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 360 (4) $162,070 0.033%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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