A snowboarder typically earns paid entrance fees and free equipment from his sponsor, in addition to the cash prizes won at competitions. Well-performing athletes earn a salary up to $1,000 per month from their sponsors above those typical earnings.
The highest-rated snowboarders rarely earn in excess of $100,000 annually in competition prize money. The greatest payoff comes with corporate sponsorships and product promotions. Snowboard companies develop promotion contracts with athletes that allow the boarders to earn additional income through photo incentives, matched winnings and athlete-sponsored equipment sales. Information on snowboarding's top earners in 2008 states that elite athletes earned between $750,000 and $1 million.