The Mail on Sunday report released today showed that the Premier League was by far the highest paid football league in the world, with an average salary of £2.4m per year, or £48,800 a week, almost double of the average wage in La Liga which comes in second at just more than £1.2m per player per year, or £24,800 per week. The Premier League has eleven teams in the top twenty wage bills in world football.
Everton come in at 16th place, 8th in the Premier League with an average wage of £2.14m per year, which works out to about £41,000 per week. West Ham United are just ahead of the Blues at £43,000 per week, in part due to their increased activity in the transfer market especially over the last couple of years.
In the comparison between the football leagues, the salaries seem commensurate to how popular the leagues are worldwide with the Premier League coming in top, La Liga in second, with Serie A and the Bundesliga close behind.
The global sports salary survey (GSSS) looked into the salaries of nearly 10,000 sportsmen at 333 teams in seven sports across 17 of the world's richest leagues. Three football teams are in the top ten there, with the NBA taking six spots and baseball placing one.