In 2011, players in the NFL earned an average salary of $1.9 million, according to Yahoo! Sports. However, professional football players' salaries vary widely depending on the position they play.
NFL quarterbacks tend to earn the most of any position, with an average salary of $3,840,017, according to Sports Illustrated. Extremely skilled quarterbacks can earn more than twice that figure; for example, Peyton Manning's salary in 2013 was $15 million. Players at other positions tend to earn considerably less than quarterbacks. For comparison, the average salary for a tight end in the NFL is $1,420,890. There exist outliers at every position, however. For example, the highest paid tight end in the NFL, Zac Miller, earned a $6.8 million salary in 2013.