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The (much more than) $100,000 Pyramid: Bayern Munich’s wage tiers revealed

Money for something ... and the kits for free.

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Did you ever wonder what your favorite Bayern Munich star was earning? Well, this might be the day you get that information you desire.

According to Bild, Bayern Munich’s wage structure is set up in levels, as broken down below:

Tier #1: In a class by himself (€20+ million)

  • Robert Lewandowski is reportedly earning €23 million per year.

Tier #2: Just below the penthouse (€15 to €20 million)

  • Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Leroy Sane all earn just under €20 million per year.
  • Joshua Kimmich’s bonus structure can elevate him to €20 million
  • Leon Goretzka now can earn up to €18 million with his bonus structure.
  • While no specific number was provided for Lucas Hernández, it is widely assumed that the Frenchman is also in this tier of players.

Tier #3: Not exactly slumming it (€10 million to €15 million)

  • Dayot Upamecano, Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, Marcel Sabitzer, and Alphonso Davies are all within this tier. Coman, of course, wants Lewandowski money and will probably be sold, while Gnabry will probably break into the next tier up when his contract negotiations are finalized.
  • Bayern Munich is said to be offering Coman €13 million per season. Per Bild, Coman currently makes €12 million and wants at least €20 million. The gap, as they say, is HUGE.
  • There is also some thought that Davies’ salary might not be that high, but there is no insight on to how much he can earn in bonuses.

Tier #4: A nice living (€5 million to €10 million)

  • Niklas Süle, Corentin Tolisso, Benjamin Pavard, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Jamal Musiala, Marc Roca, Bouna Sarr.
  • The questionable name on this list is Sarr. We have seen other reports of his salary being approximately half of what is listed above.
  • Süle will be negotiating a new deal during the winter break and should be in line to break into the third — or even second — tier.
  • Tolisso will likely move on this summer unless he is sold during the winter transfer window.

Tier 5: Young boys and subs (€5 million or less)

  • Michael Cuisance, Sven Ulreich, Josip Stanisic, Malik Tillman, Christian Früchtl, Tanguy Nianzou, and Omar Richards.
  • Everyone here seems set to be in this tier for a good stretch longer unless they are sold (Cuisance could transfer away if there is a buyer).

Some fun factoids from Bild:

  • The payroll is always a big issue with the players, but not for the reason you might think. According to Bild, the final number is allegedly not as important to the players as much as how they feel they are viewed by the club. What does that mean? The higher they are on the list, the more important to the club they are. (Editor’s Note: I am very skeptical of that).
  • David Alaba wanted to be paid in the second tier, but the club did not value him within that range.