Average Premiership salary now £1.1M-a-year

The salaries of Premiership footballers and their Championship equivalents remains stark.

The salaries of Premiership footballers and their Championship equivalents remains stark.

According to Deloitte’s Annual Review of Football Finance, the average Premier League footballer earned an estimated £21,600 a week or £1.1m a year in 2008-09 as top flight clubs each spent an average of £41m on player wages.

To compare, the average player in the Championship earned around a quarter of this: £275,000 a year or £5,300 a week.

Only Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and the three clubs promoted at the start of the 2008-09 season – West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Hull City, who all had much lower wage bills – made a profit. The other 14 Premier League clubs recorded combined losses of £117m.