National Association of Sports Commissions’ Compensation Study Shows Wide Pay Gap Between Sports Markets

The average sports events professional at the CEO level makes around $115,000 annually in salary and benefits, especially in the larger U.S. sports markets, according to a study by Enigma Research commissioned by the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC).

In this study, for which 226 sports professionals were surveyed late last year, nearly two thirds said they give high priority to professional development, while more than half thought it was meaningful work to give back to the community through sporting events.

The survey also shows that, on average, the heads of sports commissions make about $85,000 in salaries and benefits a year. A sports professional at a “C” level (CEO, CFO) averages about $115,000 annually while directors average $73,000 a year.

Salaries in larger population markets of two million or more residents averaged higher, around $112,000, for top executives while in smaller regions, salaries for sports executives were around $64,000 annually.

The survey also looked at what sports professionals felt were the biggest challenges to their careers and how eager they would be to look for other job opportunities within the industry.

The entire survey is available in the Members Only section of www.sportscommissions.org.

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