Some semi-pro players will have a high basic income and a modest match fee/win bonus, while others will have a low basic salary and a large match fee/win bonus, thus a real average is probably hard to get. When the Eagles became full-time a few years ago, I read that they were giving contracts for less than $20,000 per year. Some other sports have higher average salaries but more competitive leagues so the difference in pay between players of similar ability is smaller.
In general, a semi-pro player will earn between $10,000 and $60,000 per year, depending on how successful he is. Professional players can earn up to $250,000 per year or even more.
The average salary of a semi-pro rugby league player is about $50,000 per year. Most play in the United States where property prices are high and therefore there is not as much competition so they can expect to be paid less than in other countries.
Professional rugby league players in the UK can expect to earn around £40,000 ($60,000) per year. There are no official figures for Australia but it is estimated that an Australian rugby union player earns on average $140,000 ($210,000). In New Zealand, the average salary of a professional rugby league player is $80,000 ($120,000).
The average salary for a player was roughly $25,000, with national team players earning closer to $40,000. The best competitors in the tournament received up to $70,000 in prize money.
In addition to their salaries, international rugby players also receive per diems and travel expenses while they are on tour. Both the player and his or her club must approve any travel plans so there can be no misunderstandings when offers come in from other countries.
There are many ways that rugby players can make more money outside of playing for a club. Coaches and analysts can make good wages teaching at schools or universities, while media professionals can earn significant amounts working for television networks or sports magazines.
Players can also take advantage of alternative opportunities before or after their careers are over. Some people choose to go into management or administration, while others work in sales or marketing. Some continue to play at a high level while others switch to different sports (such as American football or soccer).
Finally, some rugby players choose to turn pro after their career is over. This is usually done by former internationals who have lost their contract with their current club and are looking for another job. Although these individuals are not considered members of their country's squad, they are often given national team shirts with their names on them.
Unless there are extraordinary circumstances, it is normally less than one million dollars because they are likely later round rookies or vets on minimum contracts, and the compensation lowers to one million dollars per year in the mid-third round. That sum, though, might be slightly higher. There have been cases of third-string quarterbacks earning up to $1.5 million per year.
The average salary of a third-string quarterback is about $150,000. In 2018, the three lowest paid third-string quarterbacks earned between $140,000 and $160,000 while the highest paid one made $1.5 million.
Third-string running backs and wide receivers can make more than third-string quarterbacks because there are more of them and their salaries are spread out over more games. The average salary of a third-string running back is about $450,000 while that of a third-string receiver is about $270,000. In 2018, the three lowest paid third-string running backs and receivers each made less than $140,000 while the highest paid one was Justin Hardy who made $1.4 million as a third-string center.
Third-string defenses usually score fewer points than third-string offenses so they don't earn as much money. But some rarely used defensive formations or special teams positions may pay more because there are not many candidates for those jobs.