Highest Paid Athletes By Year, Month, Day, Hour, Minute

Highest Paid Athletes

New research has studied the earnings of the 100 highest-paid athletes of the past 12 months and compared this with how many minutes they spent on the field or court, or in the ring, to find out who makes the most for every minute of competitive action.

Conor McGregor has been revealed as the athlete earning the most per minute, with it taking just ONE SECOND to earn $1million, and a whopping $47,999,976 per minute.

The top ten highest paid athletes (by minute) are:

Rank

Name

Sport

Salary/Winnings ($M)

Minutes Played

Earnings per Minute

Time to Earn $1m

1

Conor McGregor

Mixed Martial Arts

$32

0h 0min 40sec

$47,999,976

0h 0min 1sec

2

Deontay Wilder

Boxing

$46

0h 42min 0sec

$1,095,238

0h 0min 55sec

3

Canelo Álvarez

Boxing

$35

0h 33min 0sec

$1,060,606

0h 0min 57sec

4

Tyson Fury

Boxing

$50

0h 57min 0sec

$877,193

0h 1min 8sec

5

Anthony Joshua

Boxing

$36

0h 57min 0sec

$631,579

0h 1min 35sec

6

Kirk Cousins

American Football

$58

17h 0min 0sec

$56,863

0h 17min 35sec

7

Carson Wentz

American Football

$55.10

17h 0min 0sec

$54,020

0h 18min 31sec

8

Jared Goff

American Football

$47

16h 0min 0sec

$48,958

0h 20min 26sec

9

Julio Jones

American Football

$37.50

15h 0min 0sec

$41,667

0h 24min 0sec

10

Drew Brees

American Football

$29.80

12h 0min 0sec

$41,389

0h 24min 10sec

Research reveals it can take just a matter of hours for the world’s biggest sports stars to earn the average U.S. salary of $48,516 per year!

Curious about how long it would take LeBron James or Tiger Woods to earn your salary?

Roger Federer makes the average U.S. salary ($48,516 for a full-time role) in less than 4.5 hours. LeBron James only needs 289 minutes and he’s bagged a U.S. citizen’s annual wage.

Rank

Sports Star

Earnings Per

Year

Earnings Per

Month

Earnings Per

Day

Earnings Per

Hour

Earnings Per Minute

1

Roger Federer

$106,300,000

$8,858,333

$291,233

$12,135

$202.25

2

Cristiano Ronaldo

$105,000,000

$8,750,000

$287,671

$11,986

$199.77

3

Lionel Messi

$104,000,000

$8,666,667

$284,932

$11,872

$197.87

4

Neymar

$95,500,000

$7,958,333

$261,644

$10,902

$181.70

5

LeBron James

$88,200,000

$7,350,000

$241,644

$10,068

$167.81

6

Stephen Curry

$74,400,000

$6,200,000

$203,836

$8,493

$141.55

7

Kevin Durant

$63,900,000

$5,325,000

$175,068

$7,295

$121.58

8

Tiger Woods

$62,300,000

$5,191,667

$170,685

$7,112

$118.53

9

Kirk Cousins

$60,500,000

$5,041,667

$165,753

$6,906

$115.11

10

Carson Wentz

$59,100,000

$4,925,000

$161,918

$6,747

$112.44

Top ten athletes on course to become billionaires:

Rank

Name

Sport

Annual Income

Net Worth

Estimated Years Required To Earn $1bn

Estimated Time To Earn $1bn

Estimated Age At $1bn Valuation

1

Tiger Woods

Golf

$62,300,000

$800,000,000

3.2

3 years and 3 months

48

2

Cristiano Ronaldo

Soccer

$105,000,000

$500,000,000

4.8

4 years and 9 months

40

3

Roger Federer

Tennis

$106,300,000

$450,000,000

5.2

5 years and 2 months

44

4

LeBron James

Basketball

$88,200,000

$500,000,000

5.7

5 years and 8 months

41

5

Lionel Messi

Soccer

$104,000,000

$400,000,000

5.8

5 years and 9 months

38

6

Neymar

Soccer

$95,500,000

$200,000,000

8.4

8 years and 5 months

37

7

Stephen Curry

Basketball

$74,400,000

$130,000,000

11.7

11 years and 8 months

43

8

Kevin Durant

Basketball

$63,900,000

$170,000,000

13.0

13 years

45

9

Lewis Hamilton

Auto Racing

$54,000,000

$285,000,000

13.2

13 years and 3 months

49

10

Phil Mickelson

Golf

$40,800,000

$400,000,000

14.7

14 years and 8 months

64

⛳️ Tiger Woods is estimated to reach $1bn valuation the quickest, in just three years time.
His career has had plenty of ups and downs, and his estimated earnings have actually exceeded $1bn before. Now his career is back on track (with a host of lucrative sponsorship deals) he is set to reach the billion-dollar mark again.
⚽️ Cristiano Ronaldo is estimated to make $105 million a year from his contract at Juventus, and along with his many endorsements, he is set to become a billionaire by 40.
He shows no sign of slowing down and has even hinted at playing into his forties, so the billion-dollar mark could yet be achievable.
🎾 Roger Federer is one of the best tennis players in the game and has racked up a fortune currently estimated at $450 million.

Federer is currently the highest-paid athlete in the world when it comes to endorsements, so even with retirement on the horizon, he could be a billionaire within the next five years.

The research also breaks down the athletes’ earnings data by sport, with the average earnings per sport below.

Sport

Salary/Winnings ($M)

Minutes Played

Earnings per Minute

Boxing

$41.75

47

$883,598

American Football

$28.03

935

$29,971

Football

$32.29

2,167

$14,902

Basketball

$23.29

1,770

$13,154

Baseball

$26.50

4,368

$6,067

Boxing is revealed as the most lucrative sport to get into if you’re looking to make big money, with boxers earning an average of $883,598 per minute.
You can see the earnings per minute of athletes from all five sports in the full report, which you can view by clicking here.
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