In this new 2013 NFL season, some of the dominating headlines have been the big payday for league quarterbacks. Players’ salaries are always a good news story but a bone of contention in one area is NFL executive paydays.
They do pretty well themselves.
At the top of the list is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In 2011, he earned $29.5 million (base salary plus bonuses) –up almost three times from 2010’s $11.6 million earnings, reported CBS Sports.
We can only learn about this from the media as the NFL is a nonprofit organization; these types of entities have to make the salaries of their top executives available to the public.
But finding out the pay for NFL teams and their executives independently is a different story and a hidden one but here’s what was discovered by an array of sources.
It appears that general managers have an annual salary in the $1 million to $3 million range, representing the league team’s highest-salaried worker (sans its players). Some of this is “unofficial” but back in 2011 this came to light during the lockout.
The Palm Beach Post has estimated Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland made around $2.8 million that year and back in 2008, with his contract extension, former San Diego Chargers GM A.J. Smith had been awarded with an approximately $11 million payday.
At the time, this five-year deal had been “believed to be the third-richest and the longest pact among the league’s general managers” reported The Union-Tribune.
Next up is a team’s Vice President, who typically makes a salary between $180,000 to $400,000.
In February 2012, Sports Business Daily conducted a salaries survey for professional sports teams (including the NFL) and found a wide range . For a VP in a NFL team, his salary will start at a median $230,000.
These VPs, who oversee either the divisions or service lines that are revenue generating, are paid greater than those managing support services. This includes VPs who oversee departments such as ticket sales, marketing, business development and corporate partnerships making greater money.
And for those highly-coveted scouting VPs, they are at the top of the food chain.
Then there’s a director of scouting who brings home between $95,000 and $275, 000. This includes college and pro scouting, with the $275,000 payday coming for a director of college scouting, according to the National Football Post .
Then we have a scout’s salary between $20,000-$95,000.
This sounds low but this group hits the road to perform its job, readying to see lots of athletes and their potential NFL talent.
While $20,000 is a low start, seniority helps an annual salary to rise but you can’t help but ask if these road warriors are paid fairly or not.