The sports related job market is appealing to many different career seekers, due in large part, to the profits secured by large sports industries. Salaries for sports jobs vary across the board.
Professionals in the field of sports administration work in a variety of different roles; they may be employed by elementary and high schools or colleges and universities as athletic directors. They might also work on the business side of sports as marketers, financial planners, or agents.
Athletic directors are usually a part of a schools administration team. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012 the mean annual wage for school administrators employed by elementary schools and high schools was $90,800i. Administrators employed by colleges and universities earned a mean annual wage of $99,370 that same yearii.
High school athletic directors work to manage high school sports team’s schedules including transportation, ensure athletic equipment is in working order, and manage the costs associated with the school’s athletic teams. Athletic directors are part of the schools administration team, in 2012 the lowest 10% of individuals employed as administrators earned a mean annual wage of less than $58,530, while the top 10% of earners in this profession reported median earnings of $130,810iii.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012 professionals employed as marketing managers earned a mean annual wage of $129,870. The lowest 10% of earners in this profession reported mean annual salaries of $62,650 while the top 10% of earners reported mean annual salaries in excess of $187,199 a yeariiii.