Galaxy Lead MLS In Wages (Surprise, Surprise)

Galaxy Lead MLS In Wages (Surprise, Surprise)

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 1, 2012
  • 3 Comments
  • MLS Salaries

Not that any of you would be shocked by this news. According to a recent ESPN The Magazine article. I took out the rest of the world leagues and the other sports here in the US to just give you the MLS figures.

Naturally the LA Galaxy lead the way in weekly wages, overall yearly average and of course total payroll.

Biggest shockers of all, Sporting Kansas City sitting just below Columbus at the bottom of the barrel. That is what you would call wise spending.

You can also get a good sense of just how much allocation plays a factor in MLS. Lots of teams buying down players numbers. The same can be said for the Designated Players tags.

Rank Last year Team League Avg. annual
pay $
Avg. weekly pay Total
payroll $
Payroll rank
219 222 LA Galaxy MLS $555,799 $10,688 $17,229,783 206
222 218 New York Red Bulls MLS $529,126 $10,176 $13,228,155 211
228 227 Toronto FC MLS $321,959 $6,192 $8,370,923 223
251 270 Chivas USA MLS $178,644 $3,435 $4,287,461 260
253 255 Seattle Sounders MLS $173,024 $3,327 $5,363,729 249
255 250 Philadelphia Union MLS $162,232 $3,120 $4,542,484 253
256 262 FC Dallas MLS $157,387 $3,027 $4,406,842 257
257 Vancouver Whitecaps MLS $150,092 $2,886 $4,202,583 262
258 259 Real Salt Lake MLS $149,926 $2,883 $3,898,065 268
259 Portland Timbers MLS $149,515 $2,875 $4,485,462 254
260 256 Houston Dynamo MLS $147,882 $2,844 $3,697,038 270
261 226 Chicago Fire MLS $145,521 $2,798 $3,929,075 267
262 257 DC United MLS $141,307 $2,717 $3,673,994 271
263 258 Colorado Rapids MLS $127,457 $2,451 $3,823,719 269
264 253 New England Revolution MLS $125,802 $2,419 $3,522,468 273
265 260 San Jose Earthquakes MLS $120,802 $2,323 $3,624,062 272
266 Montreal Impact MLS $118,464 $2,278 $3,316,994 274
267 254 Sporting Kansas City MLS $116,786 $2,246 $3,270,014 275
278 252 Columbus Crew MLS $89,369 $1,719 $2,770,428 276

The final numbers, were compiled by Nick Harris, editor of sportingintelligence.com. “Average Weekly Pay” is calculated from base player salaries from current or most recently completed seasons from each sport, and excludes endorsements, bonuses, appearance fees and any other source of extra compensation. All figures converted to U.S. dollars.

  • Funny to see TFC so high yet playing so poorly..

  • Ian

    Could be wrong, but it might be more informative to know the median weekly pay, to account for the outlier salaries (Beckham, Henry, etc.)

  • emg117

    Thing that caught my eye the most that LA, even being #1 in pay for MLS is ranked #206 overall in the world. MLS is so cheap comparably. Wow.