£43,000 a week - the average Premier League salary revealed
New survey shows players earned average of £2.3m during 2013-14 season, comfortably more than those in Germany, Italy and Spain
The average annual salary of Premier League footballers has broken through the £2m barrier for the first time, a new survey has revealed.
Premier League players earned an average of £2.3m - or £43,000-a-week - during the 2013-14 season, a huge jump from the average of £1.6m the season before.
The figure is comfortably the highest of any any league in the world, the next highest being the £1.5m average in Germany's Bundesliga.
The sharp escalation in average salary suggests the vast majority of the the Premier League's £1b-a-year TV deal, which took effect in 2013-14, was diverted into the bank accounts of players, rather than meeting calls for cheaper ticket prices.
The survey, compiled by the Daily Mail, says that the average player in the Championship earns just under £10,000-week, making it the eighth best-paying league in world football.
AVERAGE SALARIES IN WORLD LEAGUES
1. English Premier League: £2.2m
2. Germany: £1.5m
3. Italy: £1.3m
4. Spain: £1.2m
5. France: £1m
6. Russia: 0.9m
7. Brazil 0.6m
8. English Championship: 0.5m
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