The Seattle Seahawks paid the second-most per player of any NFL team during their Super Bowl season, according to the ESPN The Magazine/Sportingintelligence Global Salary Survey.
But the survey also shows something many dedicated sports fans already know: If you want to make the most money as a pro athlete in the U.S., stick with baseball or basketball – even hockey.
The Seahawks paid its players an average salary of $2,303,317 in 2013. That’s second to the Minnesota Vikings at $2,315,053.
It may be an impressive number for the NFL, but in the wide world of sports, the Seahawks and Vikings are not even in the top 100. They are beaten out by all 30 NBA teams, 28 of the 30 Major League Baseball teams (including the Seattle Mariners) and 18 NHL teams.
The Seahawks, who finish 116th on the list, also falls behind eight professional cricket teams in the Indian Premier League.
The Seattle Mariners is 73rd overall (22nd in MLB) at $3,087,574 per player.
The Seattle Sounders FC is 230th overall (3rd in MLS) at $376,546 per player.
Top 10 in NFL, including average salary and 2013 record
- Minnesota Vikings: $2,315,053 (5-10-1)
- Seattle Seahawks $2,303,317 (13-3, Super Bowl Champions)
- Chicago Bears: $2,235,822 (8-8)
- Denver Broncos: $2,213,884 (13-3, AFC Champions)
- New Orleans Saints: $2,195,643 (11-5, NFC Wild Card)
- Kansas City Chiefs: $2,171,845 (11-4, AFC Wild Card)
- Tennessee Titans: $2,155,103 (7-9)
- Green Bay Packers: $2,153,098 (8-7-1, NFC North Champions)
- Philadelphia Eagles: $2,138,436 (10-6, NFC East Champions)
- Pittsburgh Steelers: $2,095,226 (8-8)