$44k $44k
13k 13k
5.6% 5.6%
4.2/5 4.2/5
None No Education

How much does an Athlete make in the United States?

Average Athlete Yearly Salary in the United States

Athletes earn a median salary of $44,680 per year.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Employment Type Mix

65%
Full-Time
35%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.0
SCORE
347
RATINGS
Athletes average a score of 3.0 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Athletes in the 52th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Athlete satisfaction

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Athlete Earnings by Seniority

Senior Athlete Earnings

Senior Athletes in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $89,780
per year
Experienced Athlete Earnings

Experienced Athletes in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $44,680
per year
Junior Athlete Earnings

Junior Athletes in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $28,400
per year
Starting Athlete Earnings

Starting Athletes in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $19,910
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Athlete salary comparison

Athletes earn more than 60% percent of Sports & Fitness careers. Athlete salaries are in the bottom 83% of all careers in the United States.

Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Salary $77k
Physical Education Teacher Salary $59k
Exercise Physiologist Salary $47k
Athlete Salary $44k
Athletic Trainer Salary $44k
Fitness Trainer Salary $36k
Sports Scout Salary $31k
Sports Referee Salary $24k
Sports Writer Salary $22k
Source:

Historical salary for Athletes in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Athlete salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Athlete Salary in Texas - $53,080 # 1
Athlete Salary in Illinois - $56,120 # 2
Athlete Salary in Oregon - $49,410 # 3
Athlete Salary in Utah - $58,380 # 4
Athlete Salary in New Jersey - $59,630 # 5
Athlete Salary in Wisconsin - $41,170 # 6
Athlete Salary in New York - $59,040 # 7
Athlete Salary in Connecticut - $60,240 # 8
Athlete Salary in Virginia - $37,680 # 9
Athlete Salary in Missouri - $35,720 # 10
Athlete Salary in Michigan - $44,580 # 11
Athlete Salary in Kentucky - $45,640 # 12
Athlete Salary in Florida - $33,740 # 13
Athlete Salary in Georgia - $37,100 # 14
Athlete Salary in Minnesota - $37,820 # 15
Athlete Salary in South Carolina - $34,490 # 16
Athlete Salary in Mississippi - $31,780 # 17
Athlete Salary in Arkansas - $18,510 # 18
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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