In the NFL, first-year players earn a minimum of $420,000. Rookies in Major League Baseball and the NBA take in at least $507,000. The starting salary in the National Hockey League is $525,000.
Then there’s Major League Lacrosse, where rookies make about $7,000. The average for all players falls somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000.
But professional salaries are so low athletes are forced to keep day jobs.
Brett Schmidt, now 26, has played lacrosse since he was in third grade. He is a defender with the Charlotte Hounds but, like many in the pro league, lacrosse is his second job.
He works full time as a financial adviser at BB&T Wealth. Schmidt didn’t want to give his salary, but financial advisers earn about $75,000 a year according to government data.
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