- Chris Boswell made $9,300 in his first NFL season.
- Robbie Gould is approaching $50 million in career earnings.
There are two $8-million kickers in 2022, but that’s not nearly enough to sit among the highest-paid NFL players. So while kickers might rank among the highest-scoring players each season and over NFL history, they’re annually buried in salary rankings.
By total cash, here are the highest-paid NFL kickers for the 2022-23 season:
Highest-Paid NFL Kickers: Salary Rankings
|1||Chris Boswell||Steelers||$9.9 million|
|2||Younghoe Koo||Falcons||$8 million|
|3||Justin Tucker||Ravens||$6.8 million|
|4(t)||Jason Myers||Seahawks||$4 million|
|4(t)||Robbie Gould||49ers||$4 million|
|4(t)||Jake Elliott||Eagles||$4 million|
|7||Graham Gano||Giants||$3.8 million|
|8||Wil Lutz||Saints||$3.7 million|
|9||Matt Prater||Cardinals||$3.6 million|
|10||Ka'imi Fairbairn||Texans||$3.6 million|
1. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Chris Boswell made $9,300 in two separate stints with the Houston Texans as an undrafted rookie in 2014. He’s now the highest-paid kicker in the NFL and scheduled to make more than $23 million over the next five years.
Chris Boswell career earnings: $17,992,516
2. Younghoe Koo, Atlanta Falcons
Younghoe Koo never made more than $1 million in any of his first five seasons in the NFL. He’ll average nearly $5 million annually throughout his five-year, $24.5-million deal that begins in 2022.
Younghoe Koo career earnings: $2,252,753
3. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Tucker signed a four-year, $24-million extension before the 2022 season, his 11th in the NFL after going undrafted out of Texas in 2012. He’s now under contract through 2027 and has a total cash salary of $6.75 million for 2022.
Justin Tucker career earnings: $33,573,599
4(t). Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks
A former undrafted FCS kicker, Jason Myers never made more than $700,000 in any of his first four seasons. Then he signed a four-year, $15.5-million contract with Seattle that runs through the 2022 season.
Jason Myers career earnings: $13,332,056
4(t). Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers
Robbie Gould is in the final season of a two-year, $7.3-million deal that will push him closer to $50 million in career earnings over 18 NFL seasons.
Robbie Gould career earnings: $43,779,977
4(t). Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles
After three seasons with mid-six-figure salaries, Jake Elliott cashed in with a five-year, $19.3-million contract that runs from 2020-24.
Most of his total cash number over the final three years comes from his base salary, approximately between $3.4 million and $3.8 million annually.
Jake Elliott career earnings: $10,224,401
7. Graham Gano, New York Giants
Graham Gano was one of the NFL’s highest-paid kickers throughout most of his nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Now in his third season with the Giants, he’s still financially afloat with $3.8 million in cash.
Despite a fourth straight season in which Graham converted at least 87% of his field-goal attempts, the Giants were horrendous against the spread in NFL betting.
Graham Gano career earnings: $33,698,439
8. Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints
Former undrafted free agent Wil Lutz has two years left on his five-year, $20.3-million contract that began with $6.1 million in cash in 2019 and ends with $3.7 million in cash in 2023.
Wil Lutz career earnings: $14,585,289
9. Matt Prater, Arizona Cardinals
In his 16th NFL season, 38-year-old Matt Prater is scheduled to earn $3.6 million cash, all of which is his base salary, which jumped from $1.1 million in 2021, the first year of his two-year, $6.5-million contract in Arizona.
Matt Prater career earnings: $37,461,105
10. Kai’mi Fairbairn, Houston Texans
A former undrafted free agent from UCLA (2016), Ka’imi Fairbairn is in the third year of a four-year, $17.65-million contract that pays him $3.55 million in 2022 and $3.65 million in 2023.
Kai’mi Fairbairn career earnings: $18,585,908
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