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How much do rugby league players get paid?

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As of 2015, rugby league players, such as the top 25 players in the National Rugby League (NRL), can earn substantial yearly salaries up to $5.5 million; players in the league outside the top 25 can earn a base salary of $440,000 annually, and the top 20 players in the Holden Cup earn annual salaries up to $250,000. Rugby players, like players in some other sports leagues, have caps on their allotted base salaries. These caps put a limit on the amount of direct income players can earn, although they may receive supplementary income, sometimes several hundred thousand dollars, from other sources.

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For the top 25 players in the NRL, the base salary of up to $5.5 million includes an allowance, the Sponsor Serving Allowance, that contributes up to $5.3 million of each player's salary. Players receive this money as compensation for playing, along with making public appearances and participating in endorsements.

Other sources of income may include a Long Serving Player Allowance, which can add up to $200,000 to players' salaries, provided they have served the League for a minimum of 8 years. Rugby players can receive income for personal purchases, including up to $100,000 for cars. They can receive unlimited amounts of money from corporate sponsors, and receive financial assistance for education, medical expenses, housing and more.

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