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Salaries of Athletes and Coaches

 Teams Average Player Salary

Rank Team League Avg. annual
pay $
Avg. weekly pay Total
payroll $ (rank)
1 Barcelona La Liga $8,680,569 $166,934 $217,014,221 (1)
2 Real Madrid La Liga $7,796,637 $149,935 $194,915,932 (3)
3 Manchester City EPL $7,403,754 $142,380 $185,093,858 (4)
4 Chelsea EPL $6,795,899 $130,690 $169,897,463 (8)
5 Los Angeles Lakers NBA $6,278,088 $120,732 $87,893,233 (63)
6 New York Yankees MLB $6,186,322 $118,968 $197,962,289 (2)
7 AC Milan Serie A $6,104,769 $117,399 $152,619,219 (10)
8 Bayern Munich Bundes. $5,907,652 $113,609 $170,231,332 (7)
9 Philadelphia Phillies MLB $5,817,965 $111,884 $174,538,938 (5)
10 Internazionale Serie A $5,700,915 $109,633 $142,522,871 (12)
11 Manchester United EPL $5,521,423 $106,181 $138,035,567 (14)
12 San Antonio Spurs NBA $5,450,135 $104,810 $70,851,758 (83)
13 Los Angeles Angels MLB $5,327,075 $102,444 $154,485,166 (9)
14 Chicago Bulls NBA $5,324,088 $102,386 $69,213,149 (88)
15 Boston Celtics NBA $5,321,435 $102,335 $79,821,530 (70)
16 Arsenal EPL $5,280,108 $101,541 $132,002,699 (16)
17 Miami Heat NBA $5,261,657 $101,186 $73,663,195 (80)
18 Liverpool EPL $5,230,525 $100,587 $130,763,119 (17)
19 Boston Red Sox MLB $5,093,724 $97,956 $173,186,617 (6)
20 Memphis Grizzlies NBA $5,017,751 $96,495 $70,248,520 (85)
21 Dallas Mavericks NBA $4,933,060 $94,867 $73,995,904 (79)
22 Atlanta Hawks NBA $4,841,280 $93,102 $72,619,193 (81)
23 Philadelphia 76ers NBA $4,801,957 $92,345 $67,227,398 (91)
24 LA Clippers NBA $4,744,022 $91,231 $66,416,310 (94)
25 Juventus Serie A $4,695,976 $90,307 $117,399,399 (29)
26 Texas Rangers MLB $4,635,037 $89,135 $120,510,974 (24)
27 Detroit Tigers MLB $4,562,069 $87,732 $132,300,000 (15)
28 Orlando Magic NBA $4,550,887 $87,517 $68,263,301 (90)
29 Miami Marlins MLB $4,373,259 $84,101 $118,078,000 (26)
30 Portland Trail Blazers NBA $4,358,869 $83,824 $65,383,028 (96)

 

Highest Paid Athlete By Sport Salary or Winnings

Floyd Mayweather The 85 Million Dollar Man

Sport  Athlete League, competition Earnings
Alpine Skiing (women) Lindsey Vonn FIS World Cup Skiing, 2011 prize money $612,417
Alpine Skiing (men) Marcel Hirscher FIS World Cup Skiing, 2011 prize money $510,192
Auto racing Fernando Alonso Formula 1, Ferrari, 2011 salary and prize money $40,000,000
Badminton (women) Wang Yihan BWF Superseries, Grand Prix Gold and Continental Championships, 2011 prize money $277,550
Badminton (men) Lee Chong Wei BWF Superseries, Grand Prix Gold and Continental Championships, 2011 prize money $267,350
Baseball Alex Rodriguez MLB, NY Yankees, 2012 total salary $31,000,000
Basketball Kobe Bryant NBA, LA Lakers, 2011-12 total salary $25,244,000
Beach volleyball (women) Larissa Franca/Juliana Felisberta da Silva FIVB Swatch World Tour, 2011 prize money $326,700
Beach volleyball (men) Emanuel Rego/Alison Cerutti FIVB Swatch World Tour, 2011 prize money $306,700
Billiards Shane Van Boening Billiards, 2011 prize money $160,450
Bowling Sean Rash PBA Tour, 2011-12 prize money $140,250
Boxing Floyd Mayweather Boxing Champion $85,000,000
Bull Riding Silvano Alves Professional Bull Riders, 2011 PBR prize money $1,461,964
Darts Phil Taylor Pro Darts Corp. 2011 tournament prize money $938,497
Distance running (men) Emmanuel Mutai Distance running (2011 prize money from various events) $815,000
Distance running (women) Liliya Shobukhova Distance running (2011 prize money from various events)* $720,000
Drag racing Del Worsham NHRA Top Fuel, 2011 prize money $1,193,000
Eating Joey Chestnut Major League Eating, 2011 prize money $205,000
Equestrian Rolf-Göran Bengtsson Show Jumping, 2011 prize money $1,161,280
Fishing Kevin VanDam Bassmaster Elite Series, 2011 prize money $706,500
Football Charles Johnson NFL, Carolina Panthers, 2011 total salary $34,000,000
Golf (men) Luke Donald European, PGA Tours, combined 2011 prize money $9,509,604
Golf (women) Yani Tseng LPGA Tour, 2011 prize money $2,921,713
Hockey Brad Richards NHL, NY Rangers, 2011-12 salary $12,000,000
Horse Racing (jockey) Ramon A. Dominguez Horse Racing, 2011 $20,567,032
Poker Pius Heinz Poker winnings, land-based tournaments, 4/9/11 thru 4/8/12 $8,876,067
Racquetball Kane Waselenchuk International Racquetball Tour, 2011 IRT-Tour earnings $270,000
Rodeo Trevor Brazile Professional Rodeo Cowboys Assn, PRCA 2011 overall earnings $365,293
Rugby Union Sebastien Chabal LNR, French National Rugby, Racing Metro 92, 2011 salary $1,318,195
Sled dog racing Dallas Seavey Iditarod, 2012 first place prize money $50,400
Soccer Wayne Rooney EPL, Manchester United, 2011-12 salary $20,821,300
Squash Nick Matthew PSA World Tour, 2011 prize money $129,592
Sumo wrestling Hakuho Japan Sumo Association, 2011 base salary, prize money $1,100,000
Surfing (men) Kelly Slater ASP World Tour, 2011 prize money $556,250
Surfing (women) Carissa Moore ASP World Tour, 2011 prize money $114,900
Tennis (men) Novak Djokovic ATP Tour, 2011 prize money $12,619,803
Tennis (women) Petra Kvitova WTA Tour, 2011 prize money $5,145,943
Triathlon (men) Alistair Brownlee International Triathlon Union, 2011 prize money from ITU events $162,892
Triathlon (women) Helen Jenkins International Triathlon Union, 2011 prize money from ITU events $151,050

Total Income By Athlete

Alex Rodriguez

2012 Games played 122 -salary per game $237,704 

2012 At Bats 529 -salary per at bat $54,820

Rank Name Pay Salary/Winnings Endorsements Sport
1 Floyd Mayweather $85 M $85 M $0 M Boxing
2 Manny Pacquiao $62 M $56 M $6 M Boxing
3 Tiger Woods $59.4 M $4.4 M $55 M Golf
4 LeBron James $53 M $13 M $40 M Basketball
5 Roger Federer $52.7 M $7.7 M $45 M Tennis
6 Kobe Bryant $52.3 M $20.3 M $32 M Basketball
7 Phil Mickelson $47.8 M $4.8 M $43 M Golf
8 David Beckham $46 M $9 M $37 M Soccer
9 Cristiano Renaldo $42.5 M $20.5 M $22 M Soccer
10 Peyton Manning $42.4 M $32.4 M $10 M Football
11 Lionel Messi $39 M $20 M $19 M Soccer
12 Halos Ngata $37.3 M $37.1 M $0.2 M Football
13 Larry Fitzgerald $36.8 M $35.3 M $1.5 M Football
14 Ndamukong Suh $36 M $35.5 M $0.5 M Football
15 Charles Johnson $34.4 M $34.3 M $0.1 M Football
16 Rafael Nadal $33.2 M $8.2 M $25 M Tennis
16 Mario Williams $33.2 M $32.9 M $0.3 M Football
18 Alex Rodriguez $33 M $31 M $2 M Baseball
19 Fernando Alonso $32 M $29 M $3 M Racing
20 Valentino Rossi $30 M $17 M $13 M Motorcycle
20 Michael Schumacher $30 M $20 M $10 M Racing
22 Darrell Revis $28.3 M $27 M $1.3 M Football
23 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. $28.2 M $13.2 M $15 M Racing
24 Lewis Hamilton $28 M $25 M $3 M Racing
24 Wladimir Klitschko $28 M $24 M $4 M Boxing
26 Maria Sharapova $27.9 M $5.9 M $22 M Tennis
27 Sam Bradford $27.8 M $26.8 M $1 M Football
28 Tom Brady $27.1 M $23.1 M $4 M Football
29 Joe Mauer $27 M $23 M $4 M Baseball
30 Eli Manning $26.6 M $18.6 M $8 M Football
31 Agenda Singh Dhoni $26.5 M $3.5 M $23 M Cricket
31 LaMarr Woodley $26.5 M $26.3 M $0.2 M Football
33 Dwight Howard $25.6 M $14.6 M $11 M Basketball
34 Kevin Durant $25.5 M $12.5 M $13 M Basketball
35 Dwyane Wade $24.7 M $12.7 M $12 M Basketball
36 Derek Jeter $24.5 M $15.5 M $9 M Baseball
37 Wayne Rooney $24.3 M $17.8 M $6.5 M Soccer
38 Mark Sanchez $24.2 M $23.2 M $1 M Football
39 Ichiro Suzuki $24 M $17 M $7 M Baseball
40 CC Sabathia $23.8 M $23 M $0.8 M Baseball
40 Johan Santana $23.8 M $23.3 M $0.5 M Baseball
42 Jeff Gordon $23.6 M $13.6 M $10 M Racing
43 Ben Roethlisberger $23.3 M $22.3 M $1 M Football
44 Carmelo Anthony $22.9 M $14.9 M $8 M Basketball
45 Mark Teixeira $22.8 M $22.5 M $0.3 M Baseball
46 Amar'e Stoudemire $22.7 M $14.7 M $8 M Basketball
47 Tony Stewart $22.3 M $15.3 M $7 M Racing
48 Luke Donald $22.2 M $13.2 M $9 M Golf
49 Vernon Wells $22.1 M $22 M $0.1 M Baseball
50 Michael Vick $22 M $20 M $2 M Football

The Ten highest-paid football coaches in the world

Jose Mourinho

1. Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid) – 10 million euros ($13.1m)

2. Fabio Capello (Russian national team) ($12m)
3. Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) and Guus Hiddink (Anzhi Makhachkala) – 7.5 million euros ($9.8m)
4. Roberto Mancini (Manchester City) – 6 million euros ($7.9m)
5. Carlo Ancelotti (Paris Saint-Germain) – 5.9 million euros (($7.7m)
6. Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich) – 5 million euros ($6.6m)
7. Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) and Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool) – 4.8 million euros ($6.3m)
9. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) and Harry Redknapp (Tottenham Hotspur) – 4.7 million euros ($6.2m)

 

The ten highest-paid coaches in the United States

Bill Belichick

1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, $7.5 million

T2. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins, $7 million

T2. Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics, $7 million

T2. Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams, $7 million

T2. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks, $7 million

T6. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs, $6 million

T6. Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears, $6 million

T8. Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals, $5.75 million

T8. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers, $5.75 million

T10. Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles, $5.5 million

 

Credit: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Wilkofsky Gruen Associates,Forbes,ESPN,The Memphis Business Journal, The NFL, The NCAA