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FIFA vs. traders: who scores highest?

NOTE: if using the data below, it is essential that you refer to as ‘salary benchmarking site’ and use hyperlinks to

Emolument has analysed Data from 2,700 banking, hedge funds and non-for profit-corporations employees. Source for FIFA and UEFA salary figures: FIFA and UEFA yearly reports.

  • Trading floor vs. football pitch: with an average annual salary of $242,000, FIFA pays its employees 25% more than banks do traders; FIFA employees make 34% more than notoriously high-earning hedge funds professionals.
  • FIFA, a non for profit organisation? Really? : FIFA salaries are 3.7x higher than the $66,000 average salary in non for profit organisations, and +37% compared to the already generous UEFA.
  • ... And that doesn't even include bonuses: Including bonuses, traders earn on average $377,000 p.a.; would that beat FIFA numbers? unclear as FIFA has been said to have paid large bonuses in 2015. 

Alice Leguay from said: 'Financial industry professionals must be breathing a sigh of relief that FIFA remuneration is hogging all the limelight. The abyss between FIFA and the average NPC is simply staggering, beyond the simple fact that FIFA employees made more than traders who are often pointed out as the epitome of greed.' – an overview was launched in 2012 as the only real-time bonus & salary benchmarking site dedicated to finance and other professional services industries. With over 55,000 contributions from individuals at over 18,500 institutions the service has become the leading provider of validated real-time remuneration data. crowdsources salary and bonus data directly from individual professionals who contribute anonymously. In return, contributors receive free access to aggregated market results broken down by title, location and sector.  Emolument’s mission is to provide greater transparency about what professionals really earn to help them make more informed career decisions.
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