Wednesday, January 24, 2018

See How Much Money the Average Women LPGA Golfer Makes Per Year

Do you know how much money the average women golfer makes annually? If you are looking for that answer you have come to the right place. This article will give the salary range for women golfers who play golf for a living.

The money included here is only the money paid out to women golfers by the LPGA. It does not include bonus money payouts for the Race to the Globe or any other money payouts like for endorsements. It's strictly earnings from playing on the LPGA Tour.

Keep in mind that the money below can appear pretty staggering, the average woman golfer makes 6 1/2 times the average salary of a US worker, but the women golfers have to pay all their own travel and hotel expenses plus pay for their own management teams, caddies and everything else.

One more thing to keep in mind. A total of 2,101 women's golf scholarships for college are available each year. So there are thousands of women earning their college degrees right now by playing golf. The vast majority of those women will never play golf professionally but playing golf will forever have helped them economically in their lives.

See the Salary Range for Women Golfers

Average Woman Golfer Salary in 2017

  • $328,782

In the calendar year 2017, a total of 178 women golfers earned money playing golf professionally on the LPGA Tour. A total of $58,523,176 was paid out to those 178 women golfers. So the average LPGA woman golfer earned $328,782.

That number includes 17 women golfers who made over $1 million and 14 women golfers who earned less than $10,000 in 2017. And all the women golfers in between.

The highest earning woman golfer on the LPGA Tour in 2017 was Sung Hyung Park who earned $2.336 million. The lowest earning golfer was Casey Grice who earned $3,036.

Here's some more salary range breakdowns based upon how well a woman golfer played.

  • Top 10 Average - $1.633 million

The top 10 women golfers on the LPGA Tour made an average of $1.633 million in salary. 

  • Top 20 Average - $1.349 million

The woman who earned the 20th most money in 2017 was Mirim Lee at $920,176. Michelle Wie was 19th at $930,575.

  • Top 50 Average - $882,888

Sarah Jane Smith finished 50th on the money list having earned $411,933.

  • Top 100 Average - $551,531

Perrine Delacour from France finished 100th on the money list having earned $98,261.

  • Outside Top 100 - $43,206

Life gets pretty tough for women golfers who finish outside the top 100.

  • 100 to 150 - $84,188

It's not quite as tough for women between 100 and 150.

  • Outside of 150 - $11,474

Life outside the top 150 becomes almost impossible for women golfers.

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