Average Per Game Pay in Major Sports Leagues

Published on November 28th, 2017
Written By: Ariel Noel

Lebron James of Cleveland Cavaliers - Photo taken during warmup - Black shirt. The people at SportingIntelligence (please see link below) have crunched the numbers to find out the average amount a first team player gets paid per game in each of the big sports leagues from around the world.

Considering that the very popular National Football League in the United States only has 16 regular season games, it's first-team players receive the highest average per game pay in all of sports. In USDs that amounts to $168,798.

Thanks in part to the newly signed lucrative TV deal, the highest paid overall are the NBA players who play 82 regular season games and receive $87,161 per game on average.

The English Premier League players are the highest paid in the sport of soccer and receive $90,402 on average for each of the 38 games they play.

Here is the full list of top sports leagues from around the world and the per game per player average pay amounts. All numbers are from the 2016/17 season.


NFL - 16 - $168,798
EPL - 38 - $90,402
NBA - 82 - $87,161
La Liga - 38 - $57,476
Bundesliga - 34 - $47,999
Serie A - 38 - $45,349
NHL - 82 - $37,938
IPL - 14 - $37,481
CSL - 30 - $33,886
Ligue 1 - 38 - $32,309
MLB - 162 - $27,581
AFL - 22 - $10,441
MLS - 34 - $9,625
J-League - 34 - $6,436
NPB - 143 - $5,952
Scottish Premiership - 39 - $5,084
CFL - 18 - $4,832
WNBA - 34 - $2,199

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Source: Sportingintelligence.

Odds Source: William Hill

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