Premier League Salaries

The salaries shown below are meant as a general indication of what people involved in the Premier League can earn.
In reality salaries are made up of a complex package of win and draw bonuses, image rights, appearances, goals scored etc. A salary package will likely include a car, often a house and goodness knows what else.
The information shown has been summarised from the general information available in the public domain.


The salary for Premier League managers has steadily increased since Chelsea set the precedent by paying £5.4 million a year for Mourinho in his first spell at Stamford Bridge. Long gone are the days of top Premier League managers getting less than a million a year for managing millionaire players.
In fact when David Moyes was at Everton he was on £4 million a year and earned more than any of his players.
Current going rate is around £3 million for a top Premier League manager though your smaller clubs and recently promoted ex Championship ones can often be found paying circa £1 million or less for their managers.

Name Club Annual Salary
Arsene Wenger Arsenal £6.6 million
Tim Sherwood Aston Villa £2 million
Jose Mourinho Chelsea £8.37 million
Alan Pardew Crystal Palace £800k
Roberto Martínez Everton £1.5 million
Claudio Ranieri Leicester £1.5 million
Brenden Rodgers Liverpool £3.25 million
Manuel Pelligrini Manchester City £5.5 million
Louis Van Gaal Manchester United £7 million
Ronald Koeman Southampton £3 million
Mark Hughes Stoke £900k
Dick Advocaat Sunderland £4 million
Gary Monk Swansea £500k
Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham £3 million
Tony Pulis West Bromwich Albion £1.5 million
Slaven Bilic West Ham £3 million
Roy Hodgson Engand £3 million
Martin O’Neill Republic Of Ireland £1 million


Club Executives

Whilst Premier League clubs report huge losses and are massively in debt Chief Executives are doing very nicely thank you. Also David Milliband at Sunderland who despite being a lifelong Arsenal supporter earned £125k for 15 days work over a two year period, the annual pay equivalent of £2.1 million, more than some of their players.

Name Club Annual Salary
Rick Parry Liverpool £1.5 million
Garry Cook Manchester City £1.8 million
David Gill Manchester United £1.73 million
David Milliband Sunderland £125k

Backroom Staff

Since the cull of Mourinho and his Portuguese staff at Chelsea most of these below have now gone but we’ve left their salaries in as a guide given that backroom staff information is hard to come by.

Name Club Role Annual Salary
Frank Arnesen Chelsea Director of Football £2 million
Steve Clarke Chelsea Assistant Manager £300,000
Baltemar Brito Chelsea First Team Coach £400,000
Rui Faria Chelsea Fitness Coach £600,000
Silvinho Louro Chelsea Goalkeeper Coach £400,000
Andre Villas Chelsea Scout £250,000
Rainer Bonhoff Chelsea Scout £100,000
Steve Round Everton Assistant Manager £225,000
Iain Dowie Newcastle United Assistant Manager £300,000
Paul Ferris Newcastle United Head of Player Fitness £300,000
Jeff Vetere Newcastle United Technical Co-ordinator £160,000
Roy Keane Republic of Ireland Assistant Manager £600,000

FA Officials

Not much Sky TV football money is finding its way into FA salaries. Quite poorly paid for such a large multi-million pound industry. In fact the chairman, Lord Triesman, receives less than Chelsea pay their coaches.

Name Role Annual Salary
David Bernstein Chairman £300,000
Mike Riley General Manager – Referees £85,000
ano Premier League Referee £85,000
ano Assistant Referees £600 per match (£12,000 per year)

Newcastle Players

Name Annual Salary
Fabricio Coloccini £4 million
Tim Krul £3 million
Chancel Mbemba £1.5 million
Aleksandar Mitrovic £2 million
Steven Taylor £1.75 million
Cheik Tiote £2 million


If you want to make your fortune don’t be a goalkeeper. The lowest paid position in the team and such is the lack of interest in them that it’s hard to find any information on what their earnings are.

Name Club Annual Salary
Lukasz Fabianski Arsenal £2 million
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal £2 million
Shay Given Aston Villa £3 million
Petr Cech Chelsea £5 million
Joe Hart Manchester City £4.5 million
Craig Gordon Sunderland £2 million
Ben Foster West Brom £1.4 million
Jussi Jauskelainen West Ham £2 million


Your top defenders at the top clubs are getting a decent sum but probably no more than the manager. If your not an international then your only going to pull between £1 and £2 million a year if your lucky.

Name Club Annual Salary
Bacary Sagna Arsenal £3.1 million
Per Mertesacker Arsenal £4 million
Richard Dunne Aston Villa £2.5 million
Gary Cahill Chelsea £4 million
Ashley Cole Chelsea £10 million
John Terry Chelsea £9 million
Daniel Agger Liverpool £1.75 million
Jamie Carragher Liverpool £4 million
Nedum Onuoha Manchester City £1 million
Micah Richards Manchester City £2.75 million
Wes Brown Manchester United £3 million
Patrice Evra Manchester United £2.75 million
Rio Ferdinand Manchester United £6 million
Nemanja Vidic Manchester United £4.5 million
Luke Young Queens Park Rangers £1.5 million
Titus Bramble Sunderland £1.5 million
Ledley King Tottenham £3 million
Jonathan Woodgate Tottenham £3.25 million
Alan Hutton Tottenham £1.6 million
Matthew Upson West Ham £3.25 million


If you’re the right age i.e. late 20’s and can score goals then your in the big money with the strikers. So Gerard and Lampard have been up their on £6 or £7 million a year contracts and Theo Walcott is trying to get up to that amount too. Otherwise your probably earning more than the Manager but not up there with the strikers.

Name Club Annual Salary
Theo Walcott Arsenal £4.5 million
Jack Wilshere Arsenal £4 million
Stiliyan Petrov Aston Villa £3.5 million
Martin Petrov Bolton £1.75 million
Yossi Benayoun Chelsea £4 million
Michael Essien Chelsea £4 million
Eden Hazard Chelsea £9 million
Frank Lampard Chelsea £7 million
Florent Malouda Chelsea £5 million
Juan Mata Chelsea £3 million
Mikel Arteta Everton £3.75 million
Kieran Richardson Fulham £2.25 million
Oussama Assaidi Liverpool £1 million
Joe Cole Liverpool £4 million
Steven Gerard Liverpool £6 million
Gareth Barry Manchester City £6.5 million
Michael Johnson Manchester City £2.75 million
James Milner Manchester City £4 million
Samir Nasri Manchester City £9.25 million
Jack Rodwell Manchester City £2 million
David Silva Manchester City £10 million
Yaya Toure Manchester City £10 million
Michael Carrick Manchester United £3.5 million
Antonio Valencia Manchester United £4 million
Ashley Young Manchester United £6.5 million
Joey Barton QPR £3 million
Danny Guthrie Reading £1 million
Adam Johnson Sunderland £2.6 million
Gareth Bale Tottenham £4 million
Scott Parker Tottenham £3.6 million
Kieran Dyer West Ham £4 million


Obviously this is where the big money is to be had. The stars of the team and the ones everyone wants to pay big money for. The highest paid player in the Premier League is currently Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie both earning an incredible £12.5 million a year.

Name Club Annual Salary
Nicklas Bendtner Arsenal £2.5 million
Olivier Geroud Arsenal £3.1 million
Darren Bent Aston Villa £3.5 million
Demba Ba Chelsea £3.5 million
Fernando Torres Chelsea £9 million
Dimitar Berbatov Fulham £2 million
Andy Carroll Liverpool £4 million
Sergio Aguero Manchester City £10 million
Mario Balotelli Manchester City £4 million
Edin Dzeko Manchester City £7.5 million
Carlos Tevez Manchester City £8.6 million
Wayne Rooney Manchester United £12.5 million
Robin van Persie Manchester United £12.5 million
Loic Remy Queens Park Rangers £3.5 million
Peter Crouch Stoke City £2.5 million
Kenwyne Jones Stoke City £1.5 million
Louis Saha Sunderland £2 million
Emmanuel Adebayor Tottenham £9 million
Jermain Defoe Tottenham £3 million

Club Salary League

Well as a pretty basic rule then, looking at the table below, league position in the Premier League pretty much reflects how much a club spends on it’s wages, or put another way, how much it spends on its players.
A good guide to how well the club is managed though is how they can out perform in this table.
West Brom you could argue are the best managed club in the Premier League having the 3rd lowest wage bill but finishing a comfortable 11th in the table.
West Ham being the worst managed club having the 12th highest wage bill but finishing bottom.
The latest figures available are for the 2010/11 season shown in order of salaries paid.

Club Total Wages Paid 2010/11 League Position
Chelsea £189.5m 2
Manchester City £174m 3
Manchester United £152.9m 1
Liverpool £134.8m 6
Arsenal £124.4m 4
Tottenham £91.1m 5
Aston Villa £83.4m 9
Sunderland £60.9m 10
Everton £58m 7
Fulham £57.7m 8
Bolton £56.1m 14
West Ham £55.7m 20
Newcastle £53.6m 12
Blackburn £49.9m 15
Stoke £47.1m 13
Wigan £39.9m 16
Wolves 37.9m 17
West Brom £37.4m 11
Blackpool £13.6m 19
Birmingham No accounts 18