Create Your Own MLS Salary Adventure!

Among the players you could get for Beckham's 6.5 million-- Landon Donovan and Arturo Alvarez. That's a good start to a team.

By Andrew Villegas

Every year, we working stiffs await with eager anticipation the day when MLS salaries are released. We crunch numbers and either feel good or bad about how much money professional soccer players in America make. Also we feel better or worse about how much money we make ourselves. With that in mind, below is a searchable, sortable table of the MLS salaries.

Here are a few things off the top of my head that I was interested in.

  1. The average guaranteed salary is nearly $155,000. In the NFL, the league minimum for rookies is around $285,000. Only 28 players in MLS make more than that.
  2. Among Omars, Omar Gonzalez makes the most money at $197,000, then comes Omar Bravo ($170,000), wunderkind Omar Salgado ($121,868.67) and 4th among them, Omar Cummings ($89,188), who had 14 goals last year, good enough for 4th in the league.
  3. After Rafa Marquez ($4.6M) and Jay DeMerit ($350,000), the next best defender is Chad Marshall, who rakes in $320,000.
  4. Perry Kitchen (pick No. 3 in 2011 MLS Draft) makes $26,000 more this year than Salgado (No.1).
  5. For David Beckham’s $6.5 million in guaranteed cash, you could get Charlie Davies, Fredy Montero, Landon Donovan,  David Ferreira, Arturo Alvarez, Pablo Mastroeni, Jay DeMerit, Jamison Olave, Heath Pearce, Brek Shea and Nick Rimando and still have $1 million left over for hot dogs, beer and new scarves for everyone.
  6. Among goalkeepers who make under $40,000, only NYRB’s Alex Horwath has played this year, recording a shutout in a 0-0 draw against the Columbus Crew.

In the comments, let us know what you found:

 

ClubLast NameFirst NamePositionBase SalaryGuaranteed
CHIAnibabaJalilD42000.0082000.00
CHIBannerMichaelD42000.0042000.00
CHIBarouchOrrF32600.0032600.00
CHIBoneCorbenM90000.00151200.00
CHICastilloNeryM-F1650006.002038062.50
CHIChavesDiegoF45000.0045000.00
CHIConwayJonGK70000.0079833.33
CHICuestaYamithD72000.0082000.00
CHIDuftyAlecGK32600.0432600.04
CHIFerrariGabrielF70000.0070875.00
CHIGibbsCoryD150000.00150000.00
CHIHusidicBaggioM82500.00124500.00
CHIJohnsonSeanGK75000.00108000.00
CHIKinneyStevenD42000.0042000.00
CHIMaricMarkoM150000.00200000.00
CHIMikulicJosipD110000.00116250.00
CHINazarithCristianF42000.0042000.00
CHINyarkoPatrickF110000.00190000.00
CHIOduroDominicF95004.0097004.00
CHIPaladiniDanielM75000.0079478.25
CHIPantazopoulosPariD42000.0042000.00
CHIPappaMarcoM120000.00125000.00
CHIPaulDavisM32600.0432600.04
CHIPauseLoganM176000.00184125.00
CHIPinedaVictorM42000.0048742.42
CHIPuerariGastonF50000.0050000.00
CHIRisticBratislavM144000.00152497.14
CHIRobinsonDasanD97500.00100000.00
CHISegaresGonzaloD160000.00167750.00
CHIVideiraMichaelM42000.0042625.00
CHIWatson-SiriboeKwameD44000.0044000.00
CHVAriasSergioGK45000.0045000.00
CHVBowenTristanF75000.00106363.63
CHVBoyensAndrewD60000.0060000.00
CHVBraunJustinF85000.0087500.00
CHVChijinduChukwudiM42000.0042000.00
CHVConradJimmyD170000.00179550.00
CHVDe La FuenteBryanM50400.0052200.00
CHVElliotSimonM75000.0079000.00
CHVEstupinanVictorF42000.0052000.00
CHVFloresJorgeF60000.0061666.67
CHVGavinBlairM55000.0074000.00
CHVJazicAnteD115000.00123500.00
CHVKennedyDanGK62496.0062496.00
CHVLaBroccaNickM84700.0087200.00
CHVLahoudMichaelM63360.0072735.00
CHVMayenGersonM32604.0032604.00
CHVMendozaFranciscoF55000.0055000.00
CHVMondainiMarcosF45000.0045000.00
CHVMorenoAlejandroF172000.00182000.00
CHVNagamuraPauloM225000.00230500.00
CHVOwusuSethD72000.0083500.00
CHVPearceHeathD247825.00257325.00
CHVThorntonZachGK155000.00162500.00
CHVTrujilloMarianoM99225.0099225.00
CHVUmanaMichaelD170000.00182312.50
CHVValentinZarekD80000.00132000.00
CHVZemanskiBenM44000.0044000.00
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CLBAnorBernardoM42000.0042000.00
CLBBalchanRichD42000.0058875.00
CLBBurnsKevinM42000.0042000.00
CLBCunninghamJeffreyF140000.00152500.00
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CLBGrossmanColeM42000.0042000.00
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CLBMendozaAndresF500000.00595000.00
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  • Observation number 5 – WOW. That’s quite a team you could build off of Beckham’s salary!

  • Raf

    Based on the numbers you have presented, perhaps the “mean” salary is not a meaningful statistic.  The data shown here looks largely positively skewed.  I would be curious to see the median, a salary distribution chart, and a computed standard deviation when compared with similar statistics from other leagues.  The NFL after all is also “top-heavy” when it comes to salary.  Is this bad for the MLS?  Perhaps these statistics would give us some answers.  

    • Sounds like a case for the Prof! I was just thinking yesterday afternoon that Beckham’s salary alone significantly skews the results. The result? Without Beckham (the Beckham rule, after all), the mean is $142,578. The median, excluding Beckham, is $80,050.

      • Raf

        Even including Beckham, the median would be around $80k I suspect – median is just “the middle” salary when you line them up in sequential order.   

        I would be interested to see what those looked like in a “bin-type” distribution. In other words, supposed salary was to be divided by $10,000 intervals.  Thus, players making $10,000 – $20,000 would in in one “bin,” players making between $20k and $30k would go into another bin, etc.  If you plot bins on the x-axis and number of people per bin on the y-axis, you end up with a distribution.  This gives you a visual of meaningful statistics – mean, median, mode, and standard deviation.  It would be interesting to fit a Gaussian curve to this distribution (or another curve) to determine what curve could be fit to the data.  The same could be done with MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL – this would require some work, but what it would tell you is “is the MLS really that much more top-heavy than the other leagues.”  I.e. – are the distributions more skewed (per capita) that they would be everywhere else.  Of course, you would have to normalize your bin-size based on your mean per league to determine this statistic, and all of this would require a good amount of work, but it could be done.  Maybe if I have time next week, I’ll show y’all what I am talking about.  It would be interesting analysis at least.  The pie charts you provided tell part of the story, but the statistics that I am describing would paint an even more clear picture.  

        • Gaussian ??? Stop speaking those words at me.

          But yes, I get the general thesis– we can’t really be sure how top-heavy the MLS is- especially if we remove the outlier Beckham (and maybe also Henry??) from the equation. This is fascinating. 

          • A couple things to ponder:

            Salaries in the NBA have to be considered relative to one another. Indeed it is this way for every sport: as fewer players are maintained on rosters in basketball, the result could have the effect of skewing the relative value of their salaries when comparing them to what others in other sports make. Moreover, since we cannot represent the popularity of a particular sport (or really even inside different leagues of the same sport) by anything but a largely subjective ratio, it would prove easily refutable to point to data that attempts to draw conclusions across the spectrum of American sports.

            Still, the introduction of a salary cap in other sports and that MLS holds the contracts to all players means still less can be inferred from anything other than broad analysis. There are many variables that don’t allow for direct comparison of cross-sport salaries.

            That’s not to say that further analysis wouldn’t be useful, just limited, probably.

    • Also, here are a couple rough pie salary distribution charts:

      By player: http://public.tableausoftware.com/views/MLSSalaries2011/Sheet1
      By Club: http://public.tableausoftware.com/views/MLSSalaries2011/Sheet2

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