Professional skateboarders can make anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 for mid-level skaters, and for really good skaters, anywhere from $500,000 to 1 million per year. Basically, skaters will get paid to do what they love to do, skate.
Turning professional changes ones life as far as money is concerned. Skaters will go from having nothing to all of a sudden living large. To be able to earn what the good skaters earn per year, they become physical endorsements by wearing the shoes, clothes, and safety equipment of big sports corporations. Skateboarding is the extreme sport watched most by male teens, which is where merchandising is very influential. Currently, over 2.5 billion in revenue is made by the skateboarding industry. Skateboarding products such as Vans, DC and eS have dramatically caused the sell of Reeboks to decline.
Pro skating has become extremely competitive, so it’s only the top pro skaters the will pick up a corporate sponsor, where the real money is. But, there is good money to be made at the skateboard tournaments. Depending on the corporation that is sponsoring the event also depends on the prize money. Some tournaments will only pay out $1,000, but then there are the bigger, better known tournaments that will have a pay out of $30,000 to $50,000. But, the reality of making money by skateboarding is not through entering tournaments, the real money is endorsing a famous sports line or sports drink. Some professional skaters have started their own skateboarding shoe and clothes line, which has add to their already lucrative income.
Many of the best skateboarders, like Kareem Campbell, Reese Forbes and Ron Bertion had humble beginnings, but with the dramatic interest by the sports industry, these excellent skateboarders turned what they love to do into a $100K or more per year business.