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What is the average NFL player salary?

How much money make on average the quarterback, defensive end, running back, and kicker, with the difference in pay between experienced and rookie players.

What is the average NFL player salary?

The National Football League (NFL) regular season commences on the weekend following the first Monday of September. It finishes at the beginning of January, after which that season's playoffs tournament starts. It consists of 272 games, with each of the NFL's 32 teams playing 17 games during 18 weeks with one "bye" week off.

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Participating in the National Football League is a goal for many high school and college players.The financial compensations can be substantial and the public acceptance pleasing. While the work is challenging, it is likely to earn a significant income and retire early. The difficulty is being capable of making the cut and then staying healthy.


If the topic appears on how much the average player in the NFL makes, the amount cited is usually over $2 million a year. This number does not show the reality because the averages get misrepresented by the astonishingly high wages made by the big-name quarterbacks and other star players.

Let's explain this paradox by viewing a group of 10 players. If one of them is a star quarterback earning $20 million a year, the other nine players only make $50,000 a year, each. The average salary for this group is then $2,045,000. The more reasonable value is the median salary, which is the middle value of a set of numbers. In the case of our example group, the median salary is $50,000.

The median wage for all NFL players is $860,000, yet far underneath the $2 million that gets more promotion. A rising first-year rookie has a minimum pay of $435,000. The most publicly exposed are the stunningly high earnings of top quarterbacks. A few of them have contracts paying higher than $25 to $30 million per year. The average salary for all quarterbacks is $5,766,000, but the median income is $1,100,000. Defensive ends come in behind the quarterbacks with large salary contracts. Defensive ends have an average income of $2,625,000 and a median salary of $847,300.

Some of the lowest-paid are the running backs. They get beaten up during every game and only last around three years of playing in the league. Surprisingly, the average wage for a running back is $1,012,000, while the median salary is $630,000.

Kickers are players who last longest in the NFL, with an average playing time of approximately seven years. Their income averages $1,792,000 per year, with a median wage of $1,000,000.

"Show me the money" effect

The salaries of NFL players rise somewhat by the age of 26. At this age number of players still active starts to go down just as incomes begin to make a tense increment. It may be because a few players have proved themselves as exceptional athletes and brought value to the team, so the owners want to ensure their services with more expensive paying contracts.


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