The earnings of professional athletes in different sports can vary. An athlete can be paid a base salary, earn signing bonuses upon signing a new contract, or even earn money by finishing in a certain position in a race or tournament

The earnings of professional athletes in different sports can vary. An athlete can be paid a base salary, earn signing bonuses upon signing a new contract, or even earn money by finishing in a certain position in a race or tournament. The data shown below are the earnings (for performance only, no endorsements) from Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Soccer (MLS), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), and the Professional Golf Association Tour (PGA) for a recent year.

Organization Number of Players
MLB 858
MLS 410
NBA 463
NFL 1861
NHL 722
PGA 262
With the exception of NASCAR, the named sports organization is for male athletes. Several of these organizations have a female counterpart. Professional female athletes in North American may compete in National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), ), National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), Canadian Women’s Hockey League(CWHL) and National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), and Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

The chart below displays the number of players in the chart above separated into earning ranges for each sporting organization.

Organization $0 – $500,000 $500,001 – $2,000,000 $2,000,001 – $6,000,000 $6,000,001 – $10,000,000 $10,000,001 +
MLB 353 182 164 85 74
MLS 403 5 1 1 0
NBA 35 157 137 77 57
NFL 554 746 468 85 38
NHL 42 406 237 37 0
NASCAR 23 16 31 6 0
PGA 110 115 36 1 0
Source: Larson


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