Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
12,450 4.4 % (4) $75,760 5.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $18,040 $25,950 $40,060 $75,150 (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 8,810 6.75 (4) $85,330
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,710 0.25 (4) $48,320
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 280 0.01 (4) $80,220
Local Government (OES Designation) 130 0.00 (4) $50,350
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 60 0.13 (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 8,810 6.75 (4) $85,330
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,710 0.25 (4) $48,320
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 60 0.13 (8) (8)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 50 0.05 (4) $50,100
Civic and Social Organizations 40 0.01 (4) $62,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 8,810 6.75 (4) $85,330
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 280 0.01 (4) $80,220
Civic and Social Organizations 40 0.01 (4) $62,820
Traveler Accommodation 50 (7) (4) $55,870
Local Government (OES Designation) 130 (7) (4) $50,350


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 2,920 0.40 4.19 (4) $51,600
Arizona 840 0.35 3.63 (8) (8)
Pennsylvania 820 0.15 1.54 (4) $80,870
Michigan 650 0.17 1.73 (4) $68,830
New Jersey 540 0.14 1.49 (4) $114,910




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 2,920 0.40 4.19 (4) $51,600
Arizona 840 0.35 3.63 (8) (8)
Minnesota 470 0.18 1.85 (4) $82,190
Utah 200 0.17 1.73 (4) $60,430
Missouri 440 0.17 1.75 (4) $64,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 220 0.10 1.05 (4) $141,070
California 540 0.04 0.40 (4) $125,020
Georgia 200 0.05 0.54 (4) $122,340
Washington 360 0.13 1.35 (4) $115,250
New Jersey 540 0.14 1.49 (4) $114,910





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 750 0.44 4.56 (4) $52,940
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 460 0.26 2.76 (4) $82,650
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 350 0.41 4.31 (4) $134,320
Pittsburgh, PA 330 0.30 3.09 (8) (8)
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 320 0.63 6.56 (4) $35,840
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 310 0.31 3.20 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 270 0.19 1.99 (4) $110,580
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 270 0.37 3.91 (4) $67,800
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 1.56 (8) (8)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 250 0.20 2.08 (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)
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 190 1.01 10.54 (4) $27,110
Ann Arbor, MI 130 0.69 7.21 (4) $55,160
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 320 0.63 6.56 (4) $35,840
Naples-Marco Island, FL 70 0.63 6.62 (4) $55,580
Ocala, FL 50 0.59 6.18 (4) $27,890
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 750 0.44 4.56 (4) $52,940
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 100 0.44 4.56 (4) $35,430
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 350 0.41 4.31 (4) $134,320
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 270 0.37 3.91 (4) $67,800
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 70 0.36 3.80 (4) $57,490




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)
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.20 2.14 (4) $181,790
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 350 0.41 4.31 (4) $134,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $128,180
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 270 0.19 1.99 (4) $110,580
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $103,340
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH (8) (8) (8) (4) $92,040
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 90 0.02 0.25 (4) $90,910
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 460 0.26 2.76 (4) $82,650
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 90 0.04 0.43 (4) $79,430
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $71,210


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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