Sports management degrees have wide applicability in the job market and can open up many different career possibilities. Cazenovia College lists 45 different career options for those with a degree in this field. The many different career options available can cause the average salary for someone with a sports management degree to vary greatly.
One of the more common fields for those seeking a career in sports management is in athletic administration. The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies athletic administrators under the broader category of education administrators. According to the bureau, college athletic administrators earned average salaries of $96,680, as of May 2010. The bureau notes that the average salary of administrators at four-year schools was $100,920 per year, while those working in junior college settings earned $83,960.
A career in sports marketing is another possibility for those holding a sports management degree.The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports advertising and promotion managers made an average annual salary $98,720, as of May 2010. Marketing managers made an average salary of $122,720, while those working in the field of public relations made $104,390 on average. Sports marketing careers are possible at both the collegiate and professional levels.
A career as a sports agent is another possible common career option for someone with a sports management degree. Sports agents represent professional athletes in negotiating contracts with team management. According to the bureau, the average salary of sports agents and other talent agents was $97,760 as of May 2010. However, the bureau also notes that agents of athletes in spectator sports made a lower average salary of $78,400 per year.
A career in athletic training is another option for someone with a degree in sports management, although athletic trainers typically have a master's degree or higher. Nonetheless, a sports management degree can provide a foundation for careers in this field. According to the BLS, the average salary of an athletic trainer was $44,030 per year, as of May 2010. Athletic trainers working in colleges and universities made an average salary of $44,730, according to the bureau, while those in the spectator sports arena made an average of $54,240.