A Little Much, Don’t You Think?

It always occurred to me that celebrities and professional athletes get paid more than doctors do. I mean, why do they? Doctors keep people healthy and save lives. Celebrities are talented at what they do, ranging from singing to dancing to acting. Professional Athletes are talented at doing something athletic. It’s not just the fact that doctors get paid less than celebrities do. It’s also how much more celebrities get paid than doctors.

These are some stats from http://healthland.time.com/ showing the average salary for doctors. The site used “a third-party online collection website, Medscape surveyed 24,216 physicians across 25 specialties”

  • Radiology: $315,000
  • Orthopedics: $315,000
  • Cardiology: $314,000
  • Plastic surgery: $270,000
  • General surgery: $265,000
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology: $220,000
  • Psychiatry: $170,000
  • Pediatrics: $156,000

The average salary for a professional athlete (NFL, MBA etc) is between 400k and 1.8 million. The top-paying athlete makes 85 million annually! Compared to a doctor’s annual salary, it’s unbelievable how much athletes get paid just because they are talented at playing a sport.

An article on http://www.npr.org/ (courtesy of Sports Illustrated & ESPN), it states, “By the time they (athletes) have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress.”  The reason being is because most of the time, the athletes don’t spend their money well. Most of the money goes towards buying cars, houses, jewelry, and tailored suits. Now why should this money be used to buy all these extra luxuries? Why not for a better cause such as cancer research?

From the website http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ , it showed a few of the annual salaries of today’s stars. For example, in 2013, Taylor Swift made 57 million, Brad Pitt made 35 million and Sofia Vergara made 21 million. Why are they making that much?

The answer to why celebrities are paid so much is because of the popularity of their work. The more people watch them, the more money they make. Don’t you think their income could just lower by a bit? We could use that money for charity. What’s your opinion?


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