% of Payroll to a single Player in Football Manager General Discussion Posted June 13, 2019 · Edited June 13, 2019 by phd_angel 23 hours ago, Snorks said: How strict do you want to keep your wage structure? I start with: 30% of wage budget for Key Players 30% for First Teamers 30% for Rotation/Backup players 10% to Youth/Hot Prospects Give or take ;-) My squad has up to four Key Players, 7 First teamers, 11 Rotation/Backup and the rest should be on Youth or Hot Prospect. Currently, my 'structure' says my Key Players should all be on $62,485pw - whereas I have one on 75k, one on 50k one on 55k and one on 47k - so under-budget. I can offer a little more to a good First Team signing or add to the cash pool for youth players with the excess. Have had mega-budgets in the past but still ran with the rough structure as described, so I wouldn't stress about the percentage an individual player takes - as long as it is justified and doesn't impact the club structure too much. I might, in this particular case, drop the squad to three or even 2 Key Players to be able to pay them enough to want to play for me, or to stay loyal! Nice. So, 4 key players comprising 30% of payroll, that's close to 8% per player. That's nearly half than my goalkeeper... I sometimes have no key players in my squad. I downgrade key players to first team, unless the player is really exceptional - which is quite rarely the case. Thanks!