Here’s how long it takes LeBron James to earn an average American salary

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Sports stars make a fortune. We all know that. But have you ever watched your favorite players and wondered just how long it would take them to earn your salary?

Well, the folks over at TheGameDay.com built a calculator that reveals just how long it takes the top-earning U.S. athletes to make an average American salary (that’s $52,380 in case you didn’t have the number memorized). The calculator also tells you just how long it would take you to make what these top athletes do.

So, if you want to regret not spending more time practicing those free throws in middle school, keep on reading. Here’s how long it takes the 10 highest earners to make an average American salary (hint: it’s not long):

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1. Aaron Rodgers

Average annual salary: $50.27 million

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Sports league: NFL

How long to earn average US salary:  9 hours

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Deshaun Watson
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2. Deshaun Watson

Average annual salary: $46 million

Sports league: NFL

How long to earn average US salary:  10 hours

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3. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Average annual salary: $45.64 million

Sports league: NBA

How long to earn average US salary:  10 hours

Patrick Mahomes
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4. Patrick Mahomes

Average annual salary: $45 million

Sports league: NFL

How long to earn average US salary:  10 hours

Paul George
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5. Paul George

Average annual salary: $44.066 million

Sports league: NBA

How long to earn average US salary:  10 hours

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6. Damian Lillard

Average annual salary: $44.066 million

Sports league: NBA

How long to earn average US salary:  10 hours

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7. Kawhi Leonard

Average annual salary: $44.066 million

Sports league: NBA

How long to earn average US salary:  10 hours

Max Scherzer
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8. Max Scherzer

Average annual salary: $43.33 million

Sports league: MLB

How long to earn average US salary:  11 hours

Josh Allen
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9. Josh Allen

Average annual salary: $43.005 million

Sports league: NFL

How long to earn average US salary:  11 hours

LeBron James
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10. LeBron James

Average annual salary: $42,827,766

Sports league: NBA

How long to earn average US salary:  11 hours

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Methodology

Data looks at the salaries of the top 10 biggest athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB & NHL. From this, data shows how much they earn per month right down to how much they earn per second. We then compared this to the average U.S. salary and looked into how much it would take for an athlete to earn the average salary ($52,380) Brocken down into the number of hours, minutes, and seconds. To paint a picture of how much athletes earn we looked into how many Lamborghini Huracan (cost: $200,00) an athlete could buy based on their annual salary.

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