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The Highest Paid Athlete from Every State

There’s a certain obsession surrounding the wealth of professional athletes, and since we aren’t above that obsession, we thought we’d do some research into the highest paid professional athlete from each state. (Make sure to take a look at the definition of terms section below the map before you start formulating your angry comments.)

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First off, this map is only dealing with current players. So you won’t find Ken Griffey Jr. or Wayne Gretzky. Next, we’re only dealing with salaried professional athletes. This means no tennis players, golfers, NASCAR drivers, or professional ping-pongers. Their earnings are based on their winnings so said earnings fluctuate widly. Okay then, your next question is: What does “from” mean? In this case we looked at athlete birthplaces. This means that if an athlete is born in Montana and moves to New York after twenty minutes, he would show up on the map from Montana. Unfortunately there are no current professional athletes from Vermont. :( And finally, player salaries are based on average yearly earnings based on contract information provided by Spotrac.com. So if Joe Schmo signed a contract for 100 million over 10 years, he would be counted as having a salary of 10 million a year. Signing and performance bonuses were not factored into the data.

Data:


BS=Baseball | BB=Basketball | FB=Football | HO=Hockey

State

Name

Sport

Salary

Alabama

Matt Cain

BS

$22.5M

Alaska

Brandon Dubinsky

HO

$5.8M

Arizona

Andre Ethier

BS

$17M

Arkansas

Cliff Lee

BS

$24M

California

Giancarlo Stanton

BS

$25M

Colorado

Chase Headley

BS

$13M

Connecticut

Jonathan Quick

HO

$5.8M

Delaware

Paul Goldschmidt

BS

$6.4M

Florida

Zack Greinke

BS

$24.5M

Georgia

Dwight Howard

BB

$21.9M

Hawaii

Shane Victorino

BS

$13M

Idaho

Josh Osich

BS

$0.5M

Illinois

Dwayne Wade

BB

$20M

Indiana

Jay Cutler

FB

$18.1M

Iowa

Marshal Yanda

FB

$8M

Kansas

Adam Laroche

BS

$12.5M

Kentucky

Rajon Rondo

BB

$9.5M

Louisiana

Eli Manning

FB

$21M

Maine

Charlie Furbush

BS

$1.3M

Maryland

Mark Teixeira

BS

$22.5M

Massachusetts

Steve Cishek

BS

$6.7M

Michigan

Draymond Green

BB

$16.4M

Minnesota

Joe Mauer

BS

$23M

Mississippi

Al Jefferson

BB

$13.5M

Missouri

Max Scherzer

BS

$30M

Montana

Kroy Biermann

FB

$1.9M

Nebraska

Alex Gordon

BS

$9.4M

Nevada

Demarco Murray

FB

$8M

New Hampshire

Mark Fayne

HO

$3.6M

New Jersey

Mike Trout

BS

$24M

New Mexico

Arian Foster

FB

$8.7M

New York

Alex Rodriguez

BS

$27.5M

North Carolina

Josh Hamilton

BS

$25M

North Dakota

Paul Gaustad

HO

$3.3M

Ohio

Lebron James

BB

$23.5M

Oklahoma

Matt Kemp

BS

$20M

Oregon

Jacoby Ellsbury

BS

$21.9M

Pennsylvania

Kobe Bryant

BB

$24.3M

Rhode Island

Chris Iannetta

BS

$5.2M

South Carolina

A.J. Green

FB

$15M

South Dakota

Chad Greenway

FB

$6.3M

Tennessee

David Price

BS

$19.8M

Texas

Clayton Kershaw

BS

$30.7M

Utah

Eric Pears

FB

$2.9M

Vermont

n/a

n/a

n/a

Virginia

Justin Verlander

BS

$27M

Washington

Jon Lester

BS

$25.9M

Washington, D.C.

Kevin Durant

BB

$17.8M

West Virginia

O.J. Mayo

BB

$8M

Wisconsin

Colin Kaepernick

FB

$19M

Wyoming

Zane Beadles

FB

$6M

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