Salary for Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

Also known as:  Artist Manager, Artist Representative, Author's Agent, Band Manager, Booking Agent, Booking Manager, Fight Manager, Literary Agent, Modeling Agent, Talent Agent

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Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes have the unique opportunity to audition and evaluate a wide pool of potential clients. Once they made their selection and signed a contract, they handle the financial and contractual aspects of their clients' lives. Their duties vary by the particular contract that they sign, but often include arranging lodging, public appearances, negotiating with managers, promoters, union officials, and others regarding their client's contractual obligations, and develop contacts with groups, organizations and individuals to ensure their client's success. Agents and business managers also must keep informed of industry trends and changes, and collect fees, commissions, and payments according to the terms of their contract. The position requires excellent communication and organizational skills. Most agents and business managers have some college education or a Bachelor's degree, although this is not a requirement for the occupation.

An Agent or Business Manager can get an average wage on a scale from 64000 and 96000 depending on education and tenure levels. Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes will normally get an average pay level of Eighty Nine Thousand Nine Hundred dollars every year.

Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes are paid the highest in California, where they get pay levels, on average, of close to about $114300. People with this job title have the best average pay in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they earn pay levels, on average, of $113890.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 29.30 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $113,890
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $89,700
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $67,450
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $51,470
Educational Services $42,700
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $42,700
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $51,470
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $67,450
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $89,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $113,890
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