Does anyone know about the salary of a professional triathlete? thanks!
I went to salary.com but below was the result:
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My guess is that few (if any) make any salary whatsoever. Sponsors give them contingencies and cover travel and operational expenses. Plus they collect the earnings of the 10-20 races they compete in annually.
I can't imagine it is lucrative.
guess it would depend on endorsements and such but remember there a lot of lower level pro's that are not making much $ especially the ITU folks travelling around the globe doing world cup races
[quote=jwillia852]My guess is that few (if any) make any salary whatsoever. Sponsors give them contingencies and cover travel and operational expenses. Plus they collect the earnings of the 10-20 races they compete in annually. I can't imagine it is lucrative.[/quote]
+1 Yes, but those earnings are paltry. It 'costs' more to get to the races than the some of the winning pay out. Look at the purse at the races. A 3rd place IM finish might pay $2,500. If you had to pay for it yourself, which 99% of us do, an IM trip can easily eat-up $2,500.
If I am correct, a "purse" is the total amount paid out to all winners (OA and AG). Kona pays $100,00 to #1 OA. And something [url=http://www.trifuel.com/news/event/professional-prize-money-for-2005-iron... here at Trifuel from 2005[/url] supports this. Scrolling through the IM purse money from '05, most of the #1 OA pay ~$10,000 or so. Might sound like a lot, but how many can you win in one year (much less over a career). And if IM is the only race in the five-figure payout for winning, these other races are obviously paying a fraction of that. Other than the first person across the line each year at Kona, I can't imagine there are any others making six figure incomes [u]from race wins[/u]. Maybe that income is possible from sponsors, but at best those slots are reserved for the heavyweights. I'd guess a highly competitive PRO male (one or two IM wins per year, top 10 Kona) may make $50,000 USD per year (wins, endorsement, consluting, coaching).
Other than the first person across the line each year at Kona, I can't imagine there are any others making six figure incomes [u]from race wins[/u]. [/quote]
Unless you happen to be Greg or Laura Bennett: [url]http://www.trijuice.com/2007/10/greg_bennet_wins_the_300000_bonus_in_dal...
Whoever has a good day in Iowa on both the Men's and Women's side nets $200,00 for 1st place at the Hy-Vee Triathlon ITU Elite Cup. Heck, $50,000 for 2nd place isn't too shabby either.http://www.hy-veetriathlon.com/article.php?story=itu.awards&query=event%...
There aren't a lot of races like that so now days they are getting most of their money from sponsors.
You can listen to the Chris Legh talk about money on Episode 163 of the imtalk.com podcast.
"Salary" is a non-concept. Earnings from prize money & endorsements & appearances is. Being A Pro Triathlete is a "business."
Back in the early 90s Chuckie V, who won IMC and finished top 10 at Kona, used to live on muffins and sleep in his compact hatchback car as he drove around the race circuit.
At the same time Mark Allen was earning six figures in prize money & endorsements.
The field may be deeper today but the earnings drop-off after the top five names is probably very steep.
Don't quit your day job, assuming you can even keep it while training 25-30 hours a week.
The energy drain is enormous.
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