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List of Highest Paid American Athletes

Here is the list of 61 highest-paid athletes of America according to Forbes. 

Rank

Name

Total

Salary/Winnings

Endorsements

Sport

1

Russell Wilson

$89.5 M

$80.5 M

$9 M

Football

2

Aaron Rodgers

$89.3 M

$80.3 M

$9 M

Football

3

LeBron James

$89 M

$36 M

$53 M

Basketball

4

Stephen Curry

$79.8 M

$37.8 M

$42 M

Basketball

5

Kevin Durant

$65.4 M

$30.4 M

$35 M

Basketball

6

Tiger Woods

$63.9 M

$9.9 M

$54 M

Golf

7

Ben Roethlisberger

$55.5 M

$54.5 M

$1 M

Football

8

Khalil Mack

$55 M

$54 M

$1 M

Football

9

Russell Westbrook

$53.7 M

$35.7 M

$18 M

Basketball

10

Mike Trout

$50.6 M

$47.6 M

$3 M

Baseball

11

Phil Mickelson

$48.4 M

$12.4 M

$36 M

Golf

12

James Harden

$47.7 M

$30.7 M

$17 M

Basketball

13

DeMarcus Lawrence

$46.9 M

$46.8 M

$150 K

Football

14

Bryce Harper

$44.5 M

$38 M

$6.5 M

Baseball

15

Chris Paul

$43.8 M

$35.8 M

$8 M

Basketball

16

Kyrie Irving

$43.3 M

$20.3 M

$23 M

Basketball

17

Drew Brees

$42.4 M

$26.4 M

$16 M

Football

18

Aaron Donald

$41.4 M

$40.9 M

$500 K

Football

19

Damian Lillard

$41.1 M

$28.1 M

$13 M

Basketball

20

Blake Griffin

$39.1 M

$32.1 M

$7 M

Basketball

21

Paul George

$38.6 M

$30.6 M

$8 M

Basketball

22

Brandin Cooks

$38 M

$37.5 M

$500 K

Football

23

Nick Foles

$35.8 M

$33.8 M

$2 M

Football

24

Manny Machado

$34.8 M

$34.3 M

$500 K

Baseball

25

Anthony Davis

$34.6 M

$25.6 M

$9 M

Basketball

26

Gordon Hayward

$34.3 M

$31.3 M

$3 M

Basketball

27

Klay Thompson

$34.3 M

$19.3 M

$15 M

Basketball

28

Carmelo Anthony

$34 M

$28 M

$6 M

Basketball

29

Kyle Lowry

$33.8 M

$32.3 M

$1.5 M

Basketball

30

DeMar DeRozan

$32.8 M

$27.8 M

$5 M

Basketball

31

David Price

$31.7 M

$30.7 M

$950 K

Baseball

32

Mike Conley, Jr.

$31.5 M

$30.5 M

$1 M

Basketball

33

Jordan Spieth

$31.1 M

$2.1 M

$29 M

Golf

34

Clayton Kershaw

$30.7 M

$30 M

$700 K

Baseball

35

Deontay Wilder

$30.5 M

$30 M

$500 K

Boxing

36

Trey Flowers

$30.2 M

$30 M

$250 K

Football

37

Paul Millsap

$30.1 M

$29.6 M

$500 K

Basketball

37

Matt Ryan

$29.8 M

$24.8 M

$5 M

Football

38

Justin Verlander

$29.5 M

$28.5 M

$1 M

Baseball

39

Serena Williams

$29.2 M

$4.2 M

$25 M

Tennis

40

Geno Atkins

$29.1 M

$29 M

$75 K

Football

41

Earl Thomas

$29 M

$28.5 M

$500 K

Football

42

Jake Arrieta

$28.8 M

$28.3 M

$500 K

Baseball

43

C.J. McCollum

$28.8 M

$25.8 M

$3 M

Basketball

44

Kawhi Leonard

$28.7 M

$23.2 M

$5.5 M

Basketball

45

Kevin Love

$28.4 M

$24.4 M

$4 M

Basketball

46

Justin Houston

$28.2 M

$28 M

$200 K

Football

47

Dwight Howard

$27.8 M

$24.3 M

$3.5 M

Basketball

48

Jrue Holiday

$27.6 M

$27.1 M

$500 K

Basketball

49

Giancarlo Stanton

$27.4 M

$25.4 M

$2 M

Baseball

50

Bradley Beal

$27.1 M

$25.6 M

$1.5 M

Basketball

51

Tom Brady

$27 M

$15 M

$12 M

Football

52

Andrew Luck

$26.9 M

$24.1 M

$2.8 M

Football

53

C.J. Mosley

$26.9 M

$26.7 M

$150 K

Football

54

Odell Beckham, Jr.

$26.5 M

$21.5 M

$5 M

Football

55

Otto Porter, Jr.

$26.5 M

$26 M

$500 K

Basketball

56

Andre Drummond

$26.4 M

$25.4 M

$1 M

Basketball

57

Harrison Barnes

$26.3 M

$24.8 M

$1.5 M

Basketball

58

Hassan Whiteside

$26.2 M

$25.4 M

$750 K

Basketball

59

Saquon Barkley

$25.8 M

$21.3 M

$4.5 M

Football

60

J.D. Martinez

$25.6 M

$24.9 M

$700 K

Baseball

61

Jon Lester

$25.3 M

$25 M

$300 K

Baseball

Highest earnings for a single production[edit]

Since not all salaries are made public, this is a non-definitive list of actors who have received $30 million or more as compensation for their services in a single production. Occasionally an actor's fee may cover multiple films, and they are included on the list if the films were filmed as a back-to-back production, as was the case for Keanu Reeves and The Matrix sequels. The figures are given at their nominal value, since earnings from profit-based deals are accumulated over many years, making it infeasible to adjust for inflation.

Highest-earning actors for a single production

Actor

Film

Year

Salary

Total income

Ref

Sandra Bullock

Gravity

2013

$20,000,000

$70,000,000+

[6]

Jim Carrey

Yes Man

2008

 

$35,000,000

[17]

Tom Cruise

Mission: Impossible 2

2000

 

$100,000,000

[1]

Tom Cruise

War of the Worlds

2005

 

$100,000,000

[1]

Tom Cruise

Mission: Impossible

1996

 

$70,000,000

[1]

Johnny Depp

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

2011

$35,000,000

$55,000,000

[9][10]

Johnny Depp

Alice in Wonderland

2010

 

$40,000,000

[9]

Cameron Diaz

Bad Teacher

2011

 

$42,000,000

[12]

Leonardo DiCaprio

Inception

2010

 

$59,000,000

[9]

Leonardo DiCaprio

Titanic

1997

 

$40,000,000

[1]

Robert Downey Jr.

Avengers: Infinity War

2018

 

$75,000,000+

[3]

Robert Downey Jr.

Avengers: Endgame

2019

$20,000,000

$75,000,000

[4]

Robert Downey Jr.

Iron Man 3

2013

 

$75,000,000

[5]

Robert Downey Jr.

The Avengers

2012

 

$50,000,000

[11]

Robert Downey Jr.

Captain America: Civil War

2016

$40,000,000

$40,000,000+

[5]

Robert Downey Jr.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

2015

 

$40,000,000

[13]

Harrison Ford

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

2008

 

$65,000,000

[7]

Mel Gibson

Lethal Weapon 4

1998

$30,000,000

$30,000,000

[1]

Tom Hanks

Forrest Gump

1994

 

$70,000,000

[1]

Tom Hanks

Saving Private Ryan

1998

 

$40,000,000

[1]

Aamir Khan

Dangal

2016

 

$39,000,000

[nb 1][15][16]

Jack Nicholson

Batman

1989

$6,000,000

$60,000,000

[1][8]

Brad Pitt

Ocean's Eleven

2001

$10,000,000

$30,000,000

[1]

Keanu Reeves

The Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Revolutions

2003

$30,000,000

$156,000,000

[1]

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

2003

$29,250,000

$30,000,000+

[nb 2][1]

Will Smith

Men in Black 3

2012

 

$100,000,000

[2]

Bruce Willis

The Sixth Sense

1999

$14,000,000

$100,000,000

[1]

  1.     1    ^ ₹257 crore ($39.4 million at 2017 exchange rates).[14]
  2. ^ Arnold Schwarzenegger received a $29,250,000 salary for Terminator 3 plus a 20% royalty on the worldwide box office gross over $380 million. The film ultimately had a global gross of $433 million.

Highest annual earnings[edit]

Forbes publishes yearly lists of the highest-paid actors and actresses based on total earnings from 1 June the previous year to 1 June the current year.

  • Highest-paid of 2017

•    Rank

•    Actor

•    Earnings

•    1

•    Mark Wahlberg

•    $68 million

•    2

•    Dwayne Johnson

•    $65 million

•    3

•    Vin Diesel

•    $54.5 million

•    4

•    Adam Sandler

•    $50.5 million

•    5

•    Jackie Chan

•    $49 million

•    6

•    Robert Downey Jr.

•    $48 million

•    7

•    Tom Cruise

•    $43 million

•    8

•    Shah Rukh Khan

•    $38 million

•    9

•    Salman Khan

•    $37 million

•    10

•    Akshay Kumar

•    $35.5 million

  •     •    Highest-paid of 2018

•    Rank

•    Actor

•    Earnings

•    1

•    George Clooney

•    $239 million[nb 2]

•    2

•    Dwayne Johnson

•    $124 million

•    3

•    Robert Downey Jr.

•    $81 million

•    4

•    Chris Hemsworth

•    $64.5 million

•    5

•    Jackie Chan

•    $45.5 million

•    6

•    Will Smith

•    $42 million

•    7

•    Scarlett Johansson

•    $40.5 million

 

•    Akshay Kumar

•    $40.5 million

•    9

•    Adam Sandler

•    $39.5 million

•    10

•    Salman Khan

•    $38.5 million

  •     •    Highest-paid of 2019

•    Rank

•    Actor

•    Earnings

•    1

•    Dwayne Johnson

•    $89.4 million

•    2

•    Chris Hemsworth

•    $76.4 million

•    3

•    Robert Downey Jr.

•    $66 million

•    4

•    Akshay Kumar

•    $65 million

•    5

•    Jackie Chan

•    $58 million

•    6

•    Bradley Cooper

•    $57 million

 

•    Adam Sandler

•    $57 million

•    8

•    Scarlett Johansson

•    $56 million

•    9

•    Sofía Vergara

•    $44.1 million

•    10

•    Chris Evans

•    $43.5 million

  •     •    Highest-paid of 2020

•    Rank

•    Actor

•    Earnings

•    1

•    Dwayne Johnson

•    $87.5 million

•    2

•    Ryan Reynolds

•    $71.5 million

•    3

•    Mark Wahlber