Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
12,630 4.5 % (4) $79,830 5.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $17,960 $25,060 $39,670 $77,790 (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 8,710 6.84 (4) $92,770
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,850 0.27 (4) $47,270
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 460 0.02 (4) $62,670
Local Government (OES Designation) 80 0.00 (4) $47,530
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 70 0.16 (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 8,710 6.84 (4) $92,770
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,850 0.27 (4) $47,270
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 70 0.16 (8) (8)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 60 0.06 (4) $75,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 460 0.02 (4) $62,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 8,710 6.84 (4) $92,770
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 60 0.06 (4) $75,620
Elementary and Secondary Schools (8) (8) (4) $73,710
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 460 0.02 (4) $62,670
Civic and Social Organizations 30 0.01 (4) $60,110


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 2,930 0.41 4.15 (4) $52,910
Pennsylvania 770 0.14 1.41 (4) $73,790
Arizona 740 0.31 3.15 (8) (8)
Michigan 620 0.16 1.64 (4) $84,090
Texas 550 0.05 0.54 (4) $123,720




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 2,930 0.41 4.15 (4) $52,910
Arizona 740 0.31 3.15 (8) (8)
Louisiana 450 0.24 2.47 (4) $59,170
Rhode Island 100 0.23 2.35 (4) $51,050
Minnesota 470 0.18 1.84 (4) $84,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 540 0.04 0.39 (4) $161,670
Georgia 230 0.06 0.61 (4) $147,660
Texas 550 0.05 0.54 (4) $123,720
Washington 290 0.11 1.07 (4) $114,760
Wisconsin 150 0.06 0.57 (4) $104,980





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-Glendale, AZ 670 0.39 3.99 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 460 0.27 2.71 (4) $85,260
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 410 0.59 5.95 (4) $56,200
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 330 0.34 3.42 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 330 0.16 1.63 (8) (8)
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 300 0.36 3.63 (4) $133,210
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 290 0.59 5.95 (4) $49,070
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 260 0.25 2.52 (4) $29,360
Pittsburgh, PA 240 0.21 2.17 (8) (8)
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 220 1.16 11.81 (4) $27,890




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)
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 220 1.16 11.81 (4) $27,890
Port St. Lucie, FL 100 0.81 8.26 (4) $57,940
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 30 0.67 6.85 (4) $37,850
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 120 0.62 6.25 (4) $45,180
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 290 0.59 5.95 (4) $49,070
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 410 0.59 5.95 (4) $56,200
Naples-Marco Island, FL 60 0.53 5.38 (4) $49,140
Ann Arbor, MI 100 0.52 5.24 (4) $57,830
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 670 0.39 3.99 (8) (8)
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 300 0.36 3.63 (4) $133,210




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)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $197,030
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 170 0.17 1.77 (4) $190,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $142,710
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 300 0.36 3.63 (4) $133,210
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $107,450
Green Bay, WI (8) (8) (8) (4) $107,140
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $97,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 460 0.27 2.71 (4) $85,260
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) (4) $84,680
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.03 0.29 (4) $84,470


About May 2011 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 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) 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 $187,199 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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