Athlete Salary and Wage Information

Wage Rate Low (<10%) Median (50%) High (>90%)
Hourly Wage N/A N/A N/A
Annual Wage $18,600 $39,000 $187,500
  • "Low (<10%)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "Median (50%)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "High (>90%)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data in not available
*The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S, Based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

Additional Information
Athletes and Sports Competitors train for and compete in athletic events, such as games, meets, and matches. These professionals must stay in peak physical condition for their sport, which requires a large amount of training, exercising, and practicing. They often work under the direction and guidance of a coach or trainer. Athletes and sports competitors must also evaluate and assess their performance and determine how to improve.

As of 2012, the median annual wage for athletes and other sports competitors was just over $40,000. Durig the same time period, the lowest ten percent of athletes earned less than $18,000 a year, while the top ten percent earned more than $187,000 a year.

Growth in this industry is estimated at just over 7% a year from 2012 to 2022. As populations grow and older players are retired, jobs for more athletes will arrise.

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