It’s often that people wonder – how much does one make in KHL? How much do teams spend on players? Who are at the top of that list and who are the teams with the least funds?
Russian media outlet Sport24.ru has leaked the approximations that each team spends on players. Good news – none of the teams are above the salary ceiling, yet two are currently under the floor.
Teams no longer can spend however much they want to create an actual on-ice battle instead of as it used to be that the richest teams had all the money in the world to spend. The salary cap this season sits at 900 million rubles (approx 12.8 million dollars) while the floor sits at 315 million rubles (approx 4.5 million dollars). If a team doesn’t surpass the floor – a money penalty has to be paid during the off-season as is for exceeding the ceiling.
The salary budgets:
CSKA Moscow:12.8 million dollars
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl:12.8 million dollars
SKA St. Petersburg: 12.6 million dollars
Dynamo Moscow: 11 million dollars
Jokerit Helsinki: 10.2 million dollars
Spartak Moscow: 8 million dollars
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod: 6.8 million dollars
Dinamo Minsk: 6 million dollars
Vitjaz Podolsk: 5.8 million dollars
Severstal Cherepovets: 4.5 million dollars
HK Sochi: 4.5 million dollars
Dinamo Riga: 4 million dollars
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Salavat Yulaev Ufa: 12.8 million dollars
Avangard Omsk: 12.8 million dollars
Metallurg Magnitogorsk: 11.7 million dollars
Avtomobilist Jekaterinburg: 11.4 million dollars
Ak Bars Kazan: 11 million dollars
Traktor Chelyabinsk: 10.6 million dollars
Sibir Novosibirsk: 7.8 million dollars
Barys Nur-Sultan: 6.8 million dollars
Kunlun Red Star: 6.6 million dollars
Amur Khabarovsk: 6.1 million dollars
Neftehimik Nizhnekamsk: 4.5 million dollars
Admiral Vladivostok: 4 million dollars
The only team currently under the floor is the Dinamo Riga team – as they also were during the 2020/2021 KHL season as well as this season’s returnees Admiral Vladivostok that sat out the previous season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The payrolls aren’t set in stone due to player movement on and off of the injured reserve as well as sales/trades of the players. What’s also important to note is that player performance and signing bonuses are not included – due to unknown specifics and potential to earn those bonuses.
Who are the top paid individuals? That’s soon to come as well but no surprises are expected.