Entertainment & sports

Employment of entertainment and sports occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment is projected to increase by about 79,600. Strong demand from the public for more movies and television shows, as well as the increasing popularity of sports, will contribute to job growth for the entertainment and sports occupations.

The median annual wage for entertainment and sports occupations was $42,010 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

OccupationEntry-Level Education2017 MEDIAN PAY
ActorsSome college, no degreeThe annual wage is not available.
Athletes and Sports CompetitorsNo formal educational credential$51,370
Coaches and ScoutsBachelor's degree$32,270
Dancers and ChoreographersThe annual wage is not available.
Music Directors and ComposersBachelor's degree$50,590
Musicians and SingersNo formal educational credentialThe annual wage is not available.
Producers and DirectorsBachelor's degree$71,620
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports OfficialsHigh school diploma or equivalent$26,800
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Entertainment and Sports Occupations, on the Internet at (visited July 21, 2018).