By Michael Kachitsa
According to the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) the average salary of a Premier League football player is about £50,000 per week. This average is high partially due to that some of the top players earn up to £350,000! These numbers include performance-based bonuses. In general the Premier League is a football league were the salaries are on average very high. The clubs with the highest average salaries in the Premier League are Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. The Spanish Primera División, the German Bundesliga and the Italian Serie A also include very high salaries.
The difference in salary between the Premier League and lower leagues is very big. In the Championship the average salary is between £7,500 and £8,500 a week. The top players in the Championship can earn around £80,000 a week. The average salary in League One is between £1,700 and £2,500, and in League Two it’s between £1,300 and £1,500.
Over the last decennia the average salary for Premier League players has strongly increased. However, the FIFA has recently enforced the Financial Fair Play regulation which has resulted in a slight decrease in the basic salaries of professional football players.