Don't wanna be nasty buf if that guy is natty, I'm Phil Heath.
About the money issue, a "low level" Pro, with a good sponsor and photo shoots can live off the sport, but won't be rich and surely must have a contingency plan.The guys who do every year the top 10-12 at the O, they earn very good money off endorsement and all the other things like clothing lines, photoshots and videos.But still, what they spend in gear, food, physical treatments take away a big percentage of what they earn.BBing ain't somethin you do for the money, when you aim to the top, you do it no matter what, money is secondary, obviously ain't bad, but when you start competing, you know money won't come except you are a genetic freak and rise fast.
Oh and I'd like to hear from someone like Phil on this. They would have a far better idea than any of us. I suppose it is also conditional, some pros may be glad just to pay their way without having to have a side job, whereas that isn't necessarily comparable to other professions or sports.
i think its harder than that to say who makes a healthy profit. because as you place higher you usually are bigger and hence are spending more on foods, supps, drugs and health-saving related products/activities.
remember the thread of jay cutler`s massages and therapies and shit?, if i`m not mistaken he spent around 10000 dollars per month JUST on those treatments. So whilst the tops do earn more, they also put out more, so i think it would be a question ofwho has the best > output minus input > actual spendable income.