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What Position Makes The Most in the NFL?- Average NFL Salary List & Highest Paid

We all are familiar with the massive amounts of money being made in the NFL, but which position typically secures more money within the game. This article breaks down the average earners at each position and will highlight the current top earning player at their respective position.

Which NFL position pays the best?

The left tackle is typically paid the most on the team with a league average sitting at $10,878,305.

Average Salary List by Position

According to sources, here is a list of the median average salary in the NFL by position. While there are outliers on the high and low end , this list focuses on the general “pay rate” in 2024.

  • Left Tackle: $10,878,305
  • Quarterback: $8,817,067
  • Right Tackle: $6,341,105
  • Strong Safety: $5,869,242
  • Free Safety: $5,437,716
  • Outside Linebacker: $5,165,598
  • Inside Linebacker : $4,380,468
  • Edge: $4,286,780
  • Defensive End: $3,797,938
  • Defense Tackle: $3,599,440
  • Wide Receiver: $3,516,042
  • LineBacker: $3,454,206
  • Guard: $3,450,727
  • Center: $3,098,976
  • Kicker: $2,866,872
  • Safety; $2,847,342
  • Tight End: $2,805,837
  • Cornerback: $2,757,388
  • Running Back: $2,109,488
  • Punter: $1,964,909
  • Full Back: $1,961,489
  • Long Snapper: $1,167,583

Does the Offense or Defense Make More?

On average, the offense makes more with an average median salary of $4,093,817 compared to defensive positions coming in at $3,451,262.

Highest Paid NFL Player at Each Position

These numbers reflect the highest paid NFL Players at each position looking at 2024 base salary. Keep in mind that full contract details may account for more money in some cases.

Quarterback

Deshaun Watson (CLE) – $46,000,000

2. Kyler Murray (ARI) – $37,000,000

3. Daniel Jones (NYG) – $35,500,000

Running Back

Christian McCafferey (SF) – $11,800,000

2. Nick Chubb (CLE) – $11,775,000

3. Alvin Kamara (NO) – $10,200,000

Wide RECEIVER

Tee Higgins (CIN) – $21,816,000

2. Deebo Samuel (SF) – $20,972,000

3. Amari Cooper (CLE) – $20,000,000

Tight End

Travis Kelce (KC) – $12,000,000

2. Darren Waller (NYG) – $10,525,000

3. Taysom Hill (NO) – $10,000,000

Offensive line – Center

Ryan Kelly (IND) – $11,375,000

2. James Daniels (PIT) – $8,250,000

3. Frank Ragnow (DET) – $7,900,000

Offensive line – Right Tackle

Jawann Taylor (KC) – $19,500,000

2. Brian O’Neill (MIN) – $14,400,000

3, Taylor Moton (CAR) – $14,300,000

Offensive line – Left Tackle

Trent Williams (SF) – $20,050,000

2. Tristan Wirfs (TBB) – $18,244,000

3. Laremy Tunsil (HOU) – $18,000,000

Offensive line – Guard

Quenton Nelson (IND) – $19,000,000

2. Joey Thuney (KC) – $15,500,000

3. Chris Lindstrom (ATL) – $12,500,000

FullBack

Patrick Richard (BAL) – $4,000,000

2. Andrew Beck (HOU) – $2,750,000

3. C.J. Ham (MIN) – $2,400,000

Cornerback

Charvarius Ward (SF) – $12,560,000

2. A.J. Terrell (ATL) – $12,344,000

3. Jamel Dean (TBB) – $12,000,000

Strong Safety

Minkah Fitzpatrick (PIT) – $14,500,000

2.Kyle Dugger (NE) – $13,815,000

3. Derwin James (LAC) – $12,750,000

Free Safety

Antoine Winfield Jr. (TBB) – $17,123,000

2. Budda Baker (ARI) – $14,200,000

3. Jessie Bates (ATL) – $13,000,000

Defensive Tackle

DeForest Buckner (IND) – $20,250,000

2. Jeffrey Simmons (TEN) – $16,500,000

3. Kenny Clark (GB) – $15,550,000

Defensive END

Montez Sweat (CHI) – $20,900,000

2. Max Crosby (LV) – $19,010,000

3. Cameron Hayward (PIT) – $16,000,000

Linebacker

Josh Allen (JAC) – $24,007,000

2. T.J. Watt (PIT) – $21,050,000

3. Montez Sweat (CHI) – $20,900,000

Kicker

Younghoe Koo (ATL) – $4,000,000

2. Harrison Butler (KC) – $3,945,000

3. Matt Gay (IND) – $3,920,000

Long Snapper

Josh Harris (LAC) – $1,210,000

2. Reid Ferguson (BUF) – $1,210,000

3. Tyler Ott (WAS) – $1,210,000

Punter

A.J. Cole (LV) – $3,017,000

2. Tress Way (WAS) – $3,000,000

3. Bryan Anger (DAL) – $3,000,000