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Salary, Wages, Pay: Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Workers




Median annual earnings of athletes were $45,320 in 2002. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $14,090, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $145,600. However, the highest paid professional athletes earn salaries far in excess of these estimates.

Median annual earnings of umpires and related workers were $20,540 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $16,210 and $29,490. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $13,760, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $40,350.

Median annual earnings of coaches and scouts were $27,880 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $17,890 and $42,250. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $13,370, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $60,230. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of coaches and scouts in 2002 were as follows:

Colleges, universities, and professional schools $36,170
Other amusement and recreation industries 25,900
Elementary and secondary schools 24,740
Other schools and instruction 22,570

Earnings vary by education level, certification, and geographic region. Some instructors and coaches are paid a salary, while others may be paid by the hour, per session, or based on the number of participants.