What is the pro skateboarder's average salary?

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What is the pro skateboarder's average salary?
Pro skateboarders frequently make more money from sponsorship deals than contest prizes (skateboarding image by Taboga from Fotolia.com)

Skateboard contests are still not big-money opportunities compared to other professional sports, but with sponsorship and endorsement deals, top U.S. skaters bring in millions annually, according to a 2008 earnings survey of action sports stars done by Forbes magazine.

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Average salary

Danielle Bostick, co-founder of World Cup Skateboarding, has said that a professional skateboarder can make "anywhere from £650 to £6,500 a month."

Tony Hawk

No longer skating competitively, the married father of four still maintains icon status among skateboarders, pulling in £7 million from his Tony Hawk brand, according to Forbes.

Shaun White

The red-haired wonder, who is also a gold-medal winning Olympic snowboarder, racked up £5 million in 2008, according to Forbes. His business empire includes a Target clothing line, a sponsorship deal with Burton Snowboards and Red Bull, and his own video game.

Ryan Sheckler

The 20-year-old skateboarding phenom and MTV reality show star turned pro at 13 years old and was earning £3 million a year by the time he turned 18. Sponsors include Plan B Skateboards and Oakley Eyewear.

Paul "P-Rod" Rodriguez Jr.

The son of comedic actor Paul Rodriguez has won several X-game titles, among other wins. He has his own Nike namesake sneaker and a sponsorship deal with Mountain Dew, among others. He brought in £1.3 million in 2008, according to Forbes.

Top purse

The Maloof Money Cup skateboard competition reportedly offers the biggest award--the top prize-winner takes home £65,000.

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