How Much Do Professinal Athletes Get Paid?

Professional athletes can make anywhere from $160,000 to over $5 million per year. The amount depends on the sport, the negotiated contract and endorsements.

Professional athletes typically receive a yearly salary for a specified contract length, along with endorsements from other companies. While football players tend to receive higher salaries by contract, basketball players often make more through endorsements. In 2013, the average annual salary for professional soccer players was $160,000, while baseball and basketball players earned $3.2 and $5.15 million dollars, respectively. Players in the fields of golf, boxing and cricket tend to earn the least in terms of high pay, with golf and tennis earning more in endorsements than salary.