How Much Money Does A Golf Caddy Make?
Caddies for professional athletes on average make between $50,000-$100,000 and 5-10% of their golfer's winnings. PGA tour caddies earn between $1000-$2000 each week.
For lower levels, salaries look like this:
- Beginner or amauteur caddy: $15-$20 per hour
- A caddy with good golf experience: $35-$40 per hour
- Top level caddies: $45-$50 per hour
Salary and Pay Rate
The salary and pay rate of a caddy will depend on the level of competition and experience of the individual. Caddies on PGA tour earn in between one thousand and two thousand dollars per week, and a percentage of their golfer's winnings. If the pro golfer finishes outside of the top 10 the caddy receives five percent of the winnings, seven percent if the pro finishes in the top 10, and ten percent if the pro wins. This allows caddies for top pros to earn a lot of money potentially, in 2006 star Tiger Woods' caddy Steve Williams was estimated to have made $1.27 million.
At lower levels of golf pay is much lower, for teens or amatuer caddies the rate will start somewhere between $15-$20 per hour. As the experience and knowledge of golf increases for a caddy they will begin to earn around $30-$30 per hour. The best caddies, who are sought after by many club members, will earn the most outside of the professional leagues at around $50 per hour.
Caddying for professionals can be a risky industry as you are technically self employed meaning caddies have to pay higher taxes and do not receive any benefits from the PGA. There is also the risk of being fired by a pro golfer at any time for any reason.