Average player salary in the NFL by team 2018/19

Average annual player salary in the National Football League in 2018/19, by team (in million U.S. dollars)

by Christina Gough, last edited Jul 4, 2019
Average player salary in the NFL by team 2018/19 The Jacksonville Jaguars had the highest average annual player salary in the 2018/19 season – each of their players took home an average of 3.34 million U.S. dollars. The Jaguars proved to be a cautionary tale about how money can’t buy you success – the franchise finished the season bottom of the AFC South with a record of 5-11. In comparison, the team with the lowest wage bill, the Seattle Seahawks, were able to make it out of their division only to narrowly miss out in the Wild Card Playoffs. The New England Patriots, who have dominated the NFL in recent years, had a surprisingly average wage bill coming in at an average of 2.97 million U.S. dollars per player, 14th on the list.
New England Patriots

Despite the franchise’s modest wage bill, the Patriots’ success in recent years is anything but modest. The team took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2019, having beaten the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in the Super Bowl. This marked the Patriots’ third success in five years and their sixth Super Bowl victory overall. Their latest title drew them level with the Pittsburgh Steelers with six total Super Bowl wins. However, with the Steelers’ last title coming back in 2009, it seems only a matter of time before the Patriots claim the outright lead. No doubt helped by the team’s recent success, the franchise value of the New England Patriots has soared from 1.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2013 to 3.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. The franchise’s revenue has also increased in recent years, with the latest estimates reaching almost 600 million U.S. dollars.

High and lows of NFL salaries

In order to ensure that the athletes are fairly compensated for their work, the NFL has a minimum annual player salary in place. This wage stood at 375 thousand U.S. dollars in 2011, but has since risen to almost 500 thousand U.S. dollars in 2019. At the other end of the spectrum, a hard salary cap is also in place to ensure teams do not overspend on players. This cap was at 188.2 million U.S. dollars in 2019 and breaches of this cap include fines of up to five million U.S. dollars, loss of draft picks, or cancellation of contracts.
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Average annual player salary in the National Football League in 2018/19, by team (in million U.S. dollars)

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Average player salary in million U.S. dollars
Jacksonville Jaguars3.34
Minnesota Vikings3.32
Tampa Bay Bucs3.21
Pittsburgh Steelers3.2
San Francisco 49ers3.17
Tennessee Titans3.17
Denver Broncos3.13
Green Bay Packers3.08
Carolina Panthers3.07
Chicago Bears3.05
Atlanta Falcons3.05
Los Angeles Rams3.01
Detroit Lions3.01
New England Patriots2.97
Cleveland Browns2.93
Philadelphia Eagles2.92
Cincinnati Bengals2.91
Oakland Raiders2.9
Los Angeles Chargers2.87
Washington Redskins2.87
New Orleans Saints2.83
New York Giants2.81
Miami Dolphins2.79
Kansas City Chiefs2.78
New York Jets2.78
Houston Texans2.76
Arizona Cardinals2.71
Baltimore Ravens2.61
Seattle Seahawks2.57
Average player salary in million U.S. dollars
Jacksonville Jaguars3.34
Minnesota Vikings3.32
Tampa Bay Bucs3.21
Pittsburgh Steelers3.2
San Francisco 49ers3.17
Tennessee Titans3.17
Denver Broncos3.13
Green Bay Packers3.08
Carolina Panthers3.07
Chicago Bears3.05
Atlanta Falcons3.05
Los Angeles Rams3.01
Detroit Lions3.01
New England Patriots2.97
Cleveland Browns2.93
Philadelphia Eagles2.92
Cincinnati Bengals2.91
Oakland Raiders2.9
Los Angeles Chargers2.87
Washington Redskins2.87
New Orleans Saints2.83
New York Giants2.81
Miami Dolphins2.79
Kansas City Chiefs2.78
New York Jets2.78
Houston Texans2.76
Arizona Cardinals2.71
Baltimore Ravens2.61
Seattle Seahawks2.57
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by Christina Gough, last edited Jul 4, 2019
The Jacksonville Jaguars had the highest average annual player salary in the 2018/19 season – each of their players took home an average of 3.34 million U.S. dollars. The Jaguars proved to be a cautionary tale about how money can’t buy you success – the franchise finished the season bottom of the AFC South with a record of 5-11. In comparison, the team with the lowest wage bill, the Seattle Seahawks, were able to make it out of their division only to narrowly miss out in the Wild Card Playoffs. The New England Patriots, who have dominated the NFL in recent years, had a surprisingly average wage bill coming in at an average of 2.97 million U.S. dollars per player, 14th on the list.
New England Patriots

Despite the franchise’s modest wage bill, the Patriots’ success in recent years is anything but modest. The team took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2019, having beaten the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in the Super Bowl. This marked the Patriots’ third success in five years and their sixth Super Bowl victory overall. Their latest title drew them level with the Pittsburgh Steelers with six total Super Bowl wins. However, with the Steelers’ last title coming back in 2009, it seems only a matter of time before the Patriots claim the outright lead. No doubt helped by the team’s recent success, the franchise value of the New England Patriots has soared from 1.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2013 to 3.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. The franchise’s revenue has also increased in recent years, with the latest estimates reaching almost 600 million U.S. dollars.

High and lows of NFL salaries

In order to ensure that the athletes are fairly compensated for their work, the NFL has a minimum annual player salary in place. This wage stood at 375 thousand U.S. dollars in 2011, but has since risen to almost 500 thousand U.S. dollars in 2019. At the other end of the spectrum, a hard salary cap is also in place to ensure teams do not overspend on players. This cap was at 188.2 million U.S. dollars in 2019 and breaches of this cap include fines of up to five million U.S. dollars, loss of draft picks, or cancellation of contracts.
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