Adults who were high school athletes tend to have higher incomes, according to a new Harris Interactive poll. Fifteen percent of adults who participated in athletics have personal incomes greater than $100,000, compared to just 9% of those who did not participate.
The same is true for household income levels: 28% of those who participated in sports have household incomes over $100,000 compared to just 15% of those who did not.
Beyond higher incomes, survey participants said playing high school sports helped them build skills that were useful in their eventual work lives—for example, working in groups and solving problems.
Forty-one percent of respondents told Harris that they participated in either a team or individual sport in high school. Millennial employees are more likely to have played school sports than any other age cohort.