MLS Players Association releases Fall 2023 salary guide

The MLS Players Association has released their Fall 2023 salary guide, giving a new look at spending from around Major League Soccer.

Unsurprisingly, Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi tops the list of highest paid players. His guaranteed compensation of over $20 million per year doesn’t include the full range of his income, which also includes significant streams of revenue from adidas and Apple, MLS’s television partner.

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Nashville SC have two players in the league’s 20 highest paid players; Hany Mukhtar comes in at 16 overall, with summer signing Sam Surridge just behind at 18.

NAMECLUBPOSITIONBASE SALARYGUARANTEED COMPENSATION
LionelMessiInter MiamiM$12,000,000.00$20,446,667.00
LorenzoInsigneToronto FCM$7,500,000.00$15,400,000.00
XherdanShaqiriChicago FireM-F$7,350,000.00$8,153,000.00
JavierHernández BalcázarLA GalaxyF$6,000,000.00$7,443,750.00
FedericoBernardeschiToronto FCM$3,125,000.00$6,295,381.00
SebastiánDriussiAustin FCM-F$3,800,000.00$6,022,500.00
HéctorHerreraHouston DynamoM$4,750,000.00$5,246,875.00
DouglasCostaLA GalaxyM$3,000,000.00$4,508,333.00
ChristianBentekeDC UnitedF$4,250,000.00$4,432,778.00
JosefMartínezInter MiamiF$4,000,000.00$4,391,667.00
CarlosVelaLAFCM$3,000,000.00$4,383,900.00
TeemuPukkiMinnesota UnitedF$3,200,000.00$3,550,000.00
CarlesGilNew England RevolutionM-F$3,250,000.00$3,545,833.00
NicolásLodeiroSeattle Sounders FCM-F$2,640,000.00$3,256,667.00
RaúlRuidíazSeattle Sounders FCF$2,472,000.00$3,201,120.00
HanyMukhtarNashville SCM-F$2,900,000.00$3,188,750.00
JozyAltidoreMajor League SoccerF$2,381,139.00$2,939,963.00
SamSurridgeNashville SCF$2,500,000.00$2,907,639.00
CuchoHernándezColumbus CrewF$2,600,000.00$2,886,000.00
DiegoRossiColumbus CrewM$2,625,000.00$2,677,000.00

For Nashville SC, Hany Mukhtar still leads the team, closely followed by Sam Surridge, who makes just shy of $3 million after moving from Nottingham Forest in what could become Nashville’s club-record transfer.

NAMEPOSITIONBASE SALARYGUARANTEED COMPENSATION
HanyMukhtarM-F$2,900,000.00$3,188,750.00
SamSurridgeF$2,500,000.00$2,907,639.00
WalkerZimmermanD$1,800,000.00$2,056,979.00
RandallLealM$1,000,000.00$1,115,000.00
SeanDavisM$825,000.00$939,000.00
AníbalGodoyD-M$750,000.00$821,250.00
ShaqMooreD$725,000.00$806,500.00
FafàPicaultM$650,000.00$650,000.00
DanielLovitzD$551,250.00$568,750.00
AlexMuylM$500,000.00$500,000.00
TealBunburyF$425,000.00$469,167.00
JoeWillisGK$375,000.00$391,250.00
JackMaherD$260,004.00$355,471.00
DaxMcCartyM$275,000.00$302,500.00
TahAnungaM$250,000.00$270,000.00
NickDePuyD$252,000.00$252,000.00
EthanZubakF$195,000.00$209,000.00
JacobShaffelburgM$150,000.00$195,000.00
TaylorWashingtonD$98,688.00$112,269.00
ElliotPaniccoGK$89,716.00$89,716.00
JoshBauerD$89,716.00$89,716.00
LukeHaakensonM$88,200.00$88,200.00
LaurenceWykeD$85,444.00$87,777.00
BenMartinoGK$67,360.00$87,610.00
LukasMacNaughtonD$85,444.00$87,544.00
NebiyouPerryM$67,360.00$74,860.00
JoeySkinnerD$67,360.00$72,360.00
AhmedLongmireD$67,360.00$67,360.00
TylerFreemanF$67,360.00$67,360.00
KemyAmicheM$67,360.00$67,360.00

From a wage perspective, Nashville moved up from 18th from 12th in the league with the addition of Sam Surridge.

RANKCLUBWAGE BILL
1Inter Miami$39,419,071
2Toronto FC$31,672,886
3LA Galaxy$25,038,692
4LAFC$20,841,863
5Chicago Fire$20,415,828
6Atlanta United$19,847,184
7Seattle Sounders FC$19,185,352
8Austin FC$19,038,551
9Houston Dynamo$17,459,127
10DC United$17,302,163
11New England Revolution$17,013,587
12Nashville SC$16,990,388
13Portland Timbers$16,215,874
14Columbus Crew$15,313,747
15Sporting Kansas City$14,979,335
16New York City FC$14,965,285
17FC Dallas$14,711,587
18San Jose Earthquakes$14,600,008
19Minnesota United$14,569,690
20Colorado Rapids$14,496,437
21FC Cincinnati$14,348,728
22Real Salt Lake$14,285,938
23Charlotte FC$13,889,425
24Vancouver Whitecaps$13,626,865
25Philadelphia Union$13,419,282
26New York Red Bulls$11,331,027
1St. Louis City SC$11,186,787
2CF Montréal$10,920,537
3Orlando City SC$9,642,918
Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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