Highest Paid US Sportsmen in 2022 – Who Ranks #1?
Ever dreamed of being a sportsman and wondering how much you could potentially earn? Well, it’s different for every player across all the different sports. However, we wanted to take a look at 10 US sportsmen who are making an absolute killing playing the sports they love. So if you’re wondering what sports are the most lucrative for players, we’ll give you a heads up, it’s becoming a pro-NFL or NBA player!
Let’s take a look at the highest-paid US sportsmen in 2022 and find out who ranks #1!
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen kicks us off with a combined earning of 67 million dollars. However, out of most people on this list, Allen’s endorsement deals aren’t the primary source of his wealth. Instead, Josh Allen enjoys one of the most impressive salaries in the NFL at $63 million. Thanks to his combined salary and endorsement deal with brands like Hyundai, Nike, and Microsoft, he’s managed to nab the tenth spot on the highest earning US Sportsmen in 2022 ranking.
Team: Buffalo Bills
Salary: USD 63 Million
Endorsements: USD 4 Million
Sponsors Include: Nike, Hyundai, Microsoft Surface
Famous golfer Tiger Woods makes the cut for 2022, but it’s no thanks to his work on the golf course. That’s right, Tiger Woods enjoys an insane amount of income primarily from his numerous endorsement deals. Woods works with famous brands such as Monster Energy Drink, Gatorade, Nike, Rolex, and TaylorMade. Some of these brands Wood’s has been working with since the 90s!
Salary: USD 40 000
Endorsements: USD 68 Million
Sponsors Include: Nike, Rolex, Monster, Gatorade, TaylorMade
In recent years Aaron Rodgers has acquired a bit of controversy due to several statements he’s made in 2020 and 2021. Regardless, he’s come out of it financially unscathed. He is earning an impressive salary of 57 million from the Green Bay Packers. Furthermore, Rodgers has some of the most lucrative endorsement deals in the game. His endorsement deal with State Farm is considered to be one of the NFL’s richest endorsement deals.
Team: Green Bay Packers
Salary: USD 57 Million
Endorsements: USD 11 Million
Sponsors Include: Adidas, State Farm, Prevea healthcare, Pizza Hut, Sharpie, Bergstrom Automotive
The Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is only 34. Still, he’s secured an impressive salary to the tune of 69.8 million dollars. The impressive sportsman also has some minor income on the side from brand deals from Nike, PepsiCo, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and even Ford. Regardless of the sizable difference in endorsement earnings from some of the other players on this list, it’s safe to say Stafford is living large.
Team: Los Angeles Rams
Salary: USD 69.8 Million
Endorsements: USD 2.5 Million
Sponsors Include: Nike, PepsiCo, Fanatics, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Ford Motor, Panini, St. Joe’s Hospital.
James Harden, known as the Beard, sealed one of the NBA’s biggest contracts in its history. Earning an impressive 44.4 million dollars, the Philadelphia 76ers point guard also enjoys lucrative brand deals on the side. With companies like Adidas, Beats, Body Armour, and more in his corner, he’s going to continue earning a great deal of money for years to come.
Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Position: Point guard/Shooting guard
Salary: USD 44.4 Million
Endorsements: USD 30 Million
Sponsors Include: Adidas, Beats Electronic, Body Armor, Stance Socks, State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance
Russel Westbrook’s career seemed to be tanking for a while after unsuccessfully transitioning from Oklahoma City Thunder to two other teams before finally finding a home at the LA Lakers. Since joining the Lakers, he’s been enjoying a career revival of sorts. However, despite a tough period, he didn’t lose much financially. The point guard enjoyed impressive salaries and lucrative endorsements from brands like Nike, PepsiCo, and more.
Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Position: Point guard
Salary: USD 44.2 Million
Endorsements: USD 30 Million
Sponsors Include: Nike, PepsiCo, Samsung, True Religion Apparel, Six Star Pro Nutrition
Retired then unretired Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is the NFL’s highest-earning player. This isn’t all that surprising, considering his sporting achievements and winning charisma on and off the field. His salary from the TBB is roughly $25 million, but in 2021 alone, it ballooned to $40 thanks to signing bonuses. On top of a healthy salary, he’s making a killing through endorsements and other ventures beyond the NFL.
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Salary: USD 31.9 Million
Endorsements: USD 52 Million
Sponsors Include: Under Armour, Upper Deck, Molecule Mattresses, IWC watches
The 2019 – 2020 season saw Durant hitting the bench after suffering an Achilles injury. However, the Brooklyn Nets powerhouse made his return, and he did so with a bang! Not only was his performance impressive, but so was the amount of money he was pulling in! Durant earns a lot of money as a player but is also killing it off the court with investments in NFTs and NBA Top Shot, among others.
Team: Brooklyn Nets
Position: Small Forward/Power forward
Salary: USD 42.1 Million
Endorsements: USD 50 Million
Sponsors Include: Uber, OpenSea, Two Distant Strangers, Weedmaps, Thirty-Five Ventures
Steph Curry comes in as the second highest earning US sportsman in 2022 and number 5 in the world! The Golden State Warriors point guard recently signed a four-year extension deal of $215 million, but that’s just the cherry on top. Thanks to his status in the league, he’s earning impressive amounts of money from sponsors like Under Armour, Comcast NBCUniversal, and FTX metaverse. So when his contract ends in a little over three years, he might be in a position to achieve an even more impressive salary. Maybe the 34-year-old will celebrate his 40th as a billionaire.
Team: Golden State Warriors
Position: Point Guard
Salary: USD 45.8 Million
Endorsements: USD 47 Million
Sponsors Include: Comcast NBCUniversal, FTX metaverse, Under Armour
Lebron James has been killing it these last few years. Every year, it seems like we’re hearing about him breaking earnings records, which doesn’t seem to be slowing down. 2021 saw him earning an NBA-record payday. At 37 years old, James is on the fast track to becoming the second billionaire to come from the NBA. According to Forbes, he currently has a net worth of $850 million.
Not only is Lebron earning insane amounts of money on the court, but he’s also earning a ton of it off the court too. Through endorsement deals, his media business: the SpringHill Company, recent appearances in movies like Space Jam: A new Legacy, lending his likeness to game titles like Fortnight, and his investments, he’s pulling in significant numbers.
Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Position: Small Forward
Salary: USD 41.2 Million
Endorsements: USD 80 Million
Sponsors Include: Fenway Sports Group, PepsiCo
This is some serious cash being given to some of the best players in their respective games. While soccer and tennis players earn a great deal of money internationally, in the US, the money lies in the NBA and NFL. However, the best source of income that reigns supreme in most cases is brand deals. Lucrative brand deals combined with high salaries make these players the highest earning sportsmen in the US for 2022.