Despite finding themselves rock bottom of the Premiership, Dundee are the sixth-highest payers in Scotland’s top flight.
‘You get what you pay for’ is the old adage but the Dark Blues have been easily outstripped by newly-promoted Livingston.
Livi have the smallest wage bill in the division but have racked up 14 points more this season than Dundee despite paying almost half what is shelled out at Dens Park.
In figures released by the Global Sports Salaries Survey on sportingintelligence.com, the Dark Blues spend £1,208 per player per week on average or £62,833 a year.
That’s compared to Livi’s £671 per week or £34,882 a year.
Top of the big spenders is champions Celtic, dwarfing the rest with £16, 646 average paid to players per week and £865,614 a year.
That’s almost double their Old Firm rivals Rangers’ bill.
The Ibrox club are reported to pay £8,972 a week (£466,556 per year).
Then there’s another sharp fall to Aberdeen, who are next on the list, whose budget of £2,667 p/w or £138,667 annually is less than a third of the Gers’ and almost £14,000 per week less than their League Cup Final opponents on Sunday, Celtic.
Hearts (£2,146 p/w) and Hibs (£1,988) are fourth and fifth respectively ahead of Dundee.
Kilmarnock’s wage bill comes in the same weekly as the Dark Blues before a drop of almost £300 weekly to St Johnstone, Hamilton and Motherwell while St Mirren pay out £888 per week (£46,169 per year).
For the Premiership, the annual average first team pay is £176,236 – the English Premier League is top of the table at £2,990,726 annually.