By Marissa Hager
Average Salary of A Professional Athlete VS. Average Salary of A Marine
It doesn’t make sense to me that a lot of professional athletes get over paid when marines are the ones who are risking their lives for America. At least athletes are allowed to go home and see their families when some marines leave home and never return.
According to http://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/article/marines-are-professional-athletes, marines are considered professional athletes too. They have to go through brutal training that requires a lot of skill to be the best. Not saying that athletes don’t work hard because they do. The only difference between the two “professional athletes” is that one is paid more. This doesn’t seem fair because marines are the ones who wake up every day not knowing if they’ll see tomorrow’s sunrise. At any point in time, their life could be over before they know it while athletes can wake up every day knowing that they get to play their game they love and never does death cross their mind.
People say that professional athletes should get paid more because at the end of the day, they are the ones pleasing Americans with entertainment. When in reality, they couldn’t be doing what they are doing if it wasn’t for the Marines who protect our nation’s safety so we can do the things we love. It doesn’t seem right that if an athlete is injured, they still get paid as if they were never hurt. So here it is, the average salary of a professional athlete is $1.6 million, while the average salary of a marine is around $76,200. Does this seem fair that a person protecting your freedom and rights are paid less than a person who is pleasing your entertainment?
This video proves that athletes are overpaid and marines are more beneficial to society.
I’m not trying to bash on athletes because I am a sports fan myself but I just don’t think that it’s fair that someone who is fighting for our country and our independence should be given less money because they are the ones who give us the opportunity to do what we want. Lots of people don’t realize the mental and physical issues that the marines face when they get home. Some can’t even go back to their daily lives when they get home because they think that they are still in war, which life is harder not only for them, but for their families too.
This video proves that marines have to face many struggles when they get home because had such an impact on their life. Even PTSD is life threatening.
So in the end, do you think that a man with a helmet on a field defending this country should make less of a salary than a man with a helmet on a field defending a ball?
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"US Marine Corps Salaries | Glassdoor." Glassdoor - an inside look at jobs and companies. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Nov. 2012. <http://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/US-Marine-Corps-Salaries-E41423.htm>.