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Bayern Munich with 7th Highest Annual Salary in the World

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In their annual ESPN/SportingInteligence Global Salary Survey, ESPN The Magazine revealed Bayern Munich have the seventh-highest annual salary amongst the top clubs in the world. Bayern

The survey collects salary and payroll data from 17 different leagues around the world: Aussie Rules Football League, Bundesliga, Barclays Premier League, Canadian Football League, Chinese Soccer League, India Premier League, J. League, Liga BBVA, Ligue 1, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, Nippon Professional Baseball, Scottish Premier League, and Serie A. The resulting list ranked the average salaries of 333 different clubs in 13 different countries.

The salaries the survey used for Bayern Munich were from the 2013/14 season, where the club won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, FIFA Club World Cup, and reached the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League. Their 14.5 percent increase in annual salary came after a net spend of €22 million net spend in the summer of 2013.

They are ranked behind Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, and Manchester United, all clubs that were eliminated from the Champions League before Bayern was. Here is the list of clubs listed on the survey who played in the 2013/14 Champions League.

2013/14 Champions League Clubs
Rank Team Average Salary Payroll (Rank)
1 Paris Saint-Germain $9.1m (N/A) $227.1m (2)
2 CF Real Madrid $8.6m (+13.9%) $216m (4)
3 Manchester City FC $8.6m (+6%) $215m (5)
4 FC Barcelona $8.1m (+8.6%) $202.1m (6)
6 Manchester United FC $8m (+22.2%) $200.6m (7)
7 FC Bayern München $7.7m (+14.5%) $191.5m (8)
8 Chelsea FC $7.5m (+23.3%) $186.6m (10)
10 Arsenal FC $7m (+17.2%) $173.8m (12)
24 Juventus FC $4.9m (-8.2%) $127.4m (19)
53 FC Schalke 04 $4.3m (+4.7%) $106.7m (54)
58 AC Milan $4.1m (-16.2%) $118.5m (32)
62 Borussia Dortmund $4.4m (-3.3%) $100.5m (66)
79 SSC Napoli $3.1m (+18.5%) $75.6m (88)
85 Club Atlético de Madrid $3m (+13.7%) $74.9m (91)
102 Olympique de Marseille $2.7m (N/A) $66.7m (121)
108 Bayer 04 Leverkusen $2.6m (+7.6%) $65.7m (126)
194 Real Sociedad $1.1m (-8.4%) $26.5m (190)

As one would expect, Bayern have the highest annual salary of all Bundesliga clubs. Their increase in salary from 2012/13 to 2013/14 was also the highest, but Wolfsburg were close behind after having a net transfer spend of €35.55 million in the summer of 2013.

Hamburger SV and VfB Stuttgart were sixth and seventh respectively in average annual salary among German clubs, but both nearly got relegated in 2013/14. Conversely, Augsburg had the third-smallest average annual salary, but finished just outside the Europa League. Here is the full list of Bundesliga clubs in the survey.

2013/14 Bundesliga Clubs
Rank Team Average Salary Payroll (Rank)
7 FC Bayern München $7.7m (+14.5%) $191.5m (8)
53 FC Schalke 04 $4.3m (+4.7%) $106.7m (54)
62 Borussia Dortmund $4.4m (-3.3%) $100.5m (66)
98 VfL Wolfsburg $2.7m (+14.4%) $68.4m (116)
108 Bayer 04 Leverkusen $2.6m (+7.6%) $65.7m (126)
136 Hamburger SV $2.2m (+2%) $56.1m (154)
145 VfB Stuttgart $2.2m (-6.6%) $54.7m (158)
169 SV Werder Bremen $1.9m (-21.4%) $47.9m (163)
171 Borussia Mönchengladbach $1.9m (+8.4%) $47.2m (164)
173 Hannover 96 $1.8m (+4.7%) $45.1m (165)
178 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim $1.7m (-1.1%) $42.4m (168)
179 Eintracht Frankfurt $1.6m (-8.2%) $41m (170)
182 1. FSV Mainz 05 $1.3m (+5.3%) $32.8m (176)
183 1. FC Nürnberg $1.3m (+6.1%) $32.8m (177)
185 Hertha Berliner SC $1.3m (N/A) $31.5m (178)
202 FC Augsburg $930k (+5.3%) $23.3m (195)
205 SC Freiburg $881k (-5.8%) $22m (197)
207 Eintracht Braunschweig $821k (N/A) $20.5m (202)