Jason Redmond, Associated Press
Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham, left, of England and New York Red Bulls' Thierry Henry of France talk as they walk off the field after their MLS soccer match, Saturday, May 7, 2011, in Carson, Calif. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

NEW YORK — Major League Soccer's average salary rose 12 percent this year to $154,852 after Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez joined David Beckham in making the move from European clubs.

Beckham, in the final season of his five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, remains the league's highest-paid player at $6.5 million, according to figures released by the MLS Players Union.

Henry is second at $5.6 million and Marquez is third at $4.6 million after they both left Barcelona last summer to sign with the New York Red Bulls.

Landon Donovan of the Galaxy is fourth overall and the top American at $2.3 million.

The average rose from $138,169 at the start of last season, which represented a 6.6 percent decline from $147,345 in 2009.