Truckie Ben Barba To Earn Less Than One Percent Of His NRL Hourly Rate

He once earned $500,000 a year. For disgraced former NRL player Ben Barba, those days are over,

Ben Barba will start work as a truckie next Monday, The Courier Mail reports.

The former NRL Premiership and Dally M Award Winner was deregistered early last week after the NRL Integrity Unit found there had been a "physical altercation" between Barba and his partner at a Townsville Casino.

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After Barba's deregistration, a debate ensued over whether the North Queensland Cowboys -- the club Barba was contracted to but never played for -- was now responsible for his welfare.

The club effectively answered that, by arranging the truck driving job in Barba's home town of Mackay, according to Friday's story.

10 daily did a couple of quick calculations to see what sort of pay cut now lies ahead for Barba when he starts his new job behind the wheel.

Here's what we came up with:

  • The average hourly rate for a truck driver in Australia is around $28.50 an hour.
  • At the peak of his career, Barba was paid $500,000 a year.
  • There are 24 rounds in an NRL season (not including additional matches like finals, State of Origins and so on).
  • An NRL match is 80 minutes.
  • 24 x 80 = 1920 minutes.
  • 1920 minutes is 32 hours.
  • Translated into hours of on-field playing time, Barba once earned $15,625 an hour.
  • Obviously that doesn't include all the training time, charitable & promotional work, and other off-field responsibilities of a professional sportsperson.
  • Nonetheless, it's an interesting look at a player's earnings just in terms of hours of football played.
  • So if you compared Barba's old NRL hourly rate of $15,625 to his likely truck-driving rate of $28.50, that means he once earned about 550 times more per hour than he will now.
  • Or to put it another way, his hourly rate will now be roughly 0.2 percent of what it used to be.

Footballers always say they put in a lot of hard work over the summer. For Ben Barba, the hard works starts now.