Beach volleyball is one of the most entertaining women’s sports to watch, thanks to both the frenetic action and the eye-catching aesthetics. But did you ever wonder how much pro beach volleyball players actually make?
Well I did, for some reason, so I looked it up. The results of my research? Well, they’re kind of depressing, actually. The players at the very top of the earnings pyramid have done pretty well for themselves and earned more than enough to live comfortably after they retire. But the rest? They’ll probably have to work at Starbucks when their playing days are over.
Here’s a list of the 15 women at the very top of the individual career earnings list. When you see it, those of you who might be critical of the sport’s skimpy uniforms will probably be a little more sympathetic—these women need all the attention they can get just to make playing worth their while in the long run.
All data courtesy of the Beach Volleyball Database.