Revealed: Australia’s Highest Paid Sports Stars

BRW has released its annual Top 50 Sports Earners list for 2014, and there aren’t too many surprises. The list is full of Aussie men playing basketball in the states, cricket in India, and soccer anywhere but here.

Basketballer Andrew Bogut tops the list for the fourth consecutive year with total earnings of $16.2 million, mostly from his sweet contract with the Golden State Warriors in the US NBA.

In second place is golfer Adam Scott with $15.5 million, thanks to a 2013 US Masters win and sponsorship deals with Uniqlo, Rolex and Mercedes Benz.

Rounding out the top three is another golfer, Jason Day, with $10.65 million in earnings.


Related: How Bogut manages his money. 


The rest of the list is scattered with plenty of cricketers including Shane Watson ($4.5m), Mitchell Johnson ($4.1m), Michael Clarke ($4m), David Warner ($3.8m), Steve Smith ($3.1m) and James Faulkner($2.8m), thanks to lucrative Indian Premier League contracts.

Soccer player Tim Cahill ($5.5m) made the cut after signing with Shanghai Shenhua, as did Brett Holman ($3m) who plays in the United Arab Emirates league, Ryan McGowan ($2.5m) who plays for Scottish club Dundee United, and Mark Bresciano ($2m) for his efforts for a Qatar Starts League team.

Of the top 50, only two are women, with surfer Stephanie Gilmore coming in at number 39 with $1.75 million and golfer Karrie Webb scraping in at number 50 with $1.28 million. It’s a pretty disheartening result for aspiring women athletes out there, despite the backslaps for Cricket Australia after increasing their minimum female player retainer to $25,000.

The total athlete earnings are based on the 2014 calendar year, and include salaries, prize money and commercial endorsements.

Those on the list are also getting richer, with total earnings for the top 50 reaching $164 million, up from $158 million in 2013.

Check out the top 10 sports earners. For the full list, click here.

  1. Andrew Bogut – Basketball $16.2m
  2. Adam Scott – Golf $15.5m
  3. Jason Day – Golf $10.65m
  4. Marco Ambrose – Motor Racing $5.68m
  5. Tim Cahill – Soccer $5.5m
  6. Grant Balfour – Baseball $5.18m
  7. Patrick Mills – Basketball $4.61m
  8. Shane Watson – Cricket $4.5m
  9. Dante Exum – Basketball $4.34m
  10. Mitchell Johnson – Cricket $4.1m

Main pic: Naparazzi via Flickr.