A surprise awaits many people who are surprised when they hear about "pro cyclists" making an annual salary. The average is *just* over $40,000 (USD) per year for a hard-working pro cyclist, with the median being a little lower at just under USD 30,000.
Many variables come into play here, so take the information below with a grain of salt. For example, the pro cyclist salary has lots and lots of variables that determine the pro cyclist's salary (salary professionals, age, experience level, time in service/years pro, race results from previous years), and how many races/events they win on an annual basis.
How Much Pro Cyclists Earn Per Categories?
Pro cyclist's salaries range from 'nothing' up to $1 Million per year, with more pro cyclists making under $200,000/year than pro cyclists who are making over that number (just for winning races)
Senior pro cyclists: senior pro cyclist salaries range from 'nothing' up to $500,000/year.
Junior pro cyclists: junior pro cyclist salaries range from 'nothing' up to $25,000 per year.
- pro cyclist salaries can go up or down in any given year
- The pro's pro cyclist salary is based on the number of races they win in a given period (pro cyclist salaries are based on pro races won in a given year, using 2015 pro-level results as an example)
What Is The Common Life of A Typical Pro Cyclist?
- Pro cyclists typically only ride pro races for the first four years. After that, you'll see a drastic difference in pro cyclist salary (as well as pro race wins), depending on how many years pro one has under their belt
- Pro cyclists who are married with children will typically make more pro cyclist salary than those who don't have any ties. The pro race wins factor likely doesn't play as much for pro cyclists who have kids because the pro cyclist wouldn't travel as much.
How Pro Cyclists Get Paid?
- pro cyclists are paid to travel and race, not necessarily to "compete" (a pro cyclist salary pro will typically earn more pro cyclist salary than an amateur would, simply because they are being paid to ride their bike)
- Pro cyclists aren't required by US law (at least not yet) to declare pro cyclist salaries earned and how pro races are won, and pro cyclists can (and do) lie about pro race wins. Just ask Alberto Contador.
- Pro athletes receive money from the teams to pay for training camps, competitions, equipment/bike upgrades, travel expenses/airfare, accommodations, etc.
How Pro Cyclists Maximize Their Salary?
- Pro cyclists may be paid a pro cyclist salary, but that's not necessarily guaranteed. Some pro cyclists will make more pro cyclist salaries than others if they are winning pro cyclist races.
- Pro cyclists tend to maximize their pro athlete salaries through endorsements (Ask Mark Cavendish ) or pay them pro wages based on race wins.
- Pro cyclist salary: * pro cyclists salaries range from 'nothing' up to $1 Million per year, with more pro cyclists making under $200,000/year than a pro who is making over that number (just for winning races)
How Do Pro Cyclists Earn After Four Years?
- pro cyclists will typically only last for four years, as pro races get harder to race after that (a pro cyclist salary will no longer win pro races)
- Pro cyclists make more pro wages based on how many pros they win versus their pro cycling salary. More pro wins = more money from sponsors or companies paying them pro wages.
- pro cyclists are paid to travel and race, not necessarily to "compete" (a pro cyclist salary will typically earn more pro cyclist salary than an amateur would, simply because they are being paid to ride their bike)