Watching WWE superstars performing their amazing stunts in and around the ring has often made people wonder how much they make. The answer to that question is somewhat complicated.
First of all, WWE never releases to the public the information about their superstars’ salaries. It has been a long-standing company policy and it isn’t changing any time soon. That being said, we can make a pretty accurate assumption from bits and details let out.
WWE wrestlers earn their money from several income streams. The most obvious is their contract with the organization, but they also receive money from sales of all personalized items, like action figures and T-shirts. Appearances on comic conventions also bring some cash.
As their clout within WWE increases and their popularity with the fans increases, they can earn additional bonuses, like a percentage of gate sales and, for the top tier performers, a cut of pay-per-view income. They also have significant perks, like first-class air travel or personal busses for tours.
2018 Salary: $470,000
Net worth: $800,000
Bonuses/perks: Economy/coach air travel, hotel, rental cars
the Eater of Worlds has earned a significant pay rise compared to the last year when he only made $245,000.
2018 Salary: $550,000
Net worth: $1.0 million dollars
Bonuses/perks: undisclosed percentage of merchandise sales, economy/coach air travel, hotel, rental cars
The salary Roman Reigns receives as the winner of the WWE Championship and the United States Champion doesn’t seem much, and we are sure he will negotiate a far better deal for the next year.
2018 Salary: $950,000
Net worth: 2.5 million dollars
Bonuses/perks: economy/coach air travel, hotel, rental cars
Kevin Owens is among the rising stars of the WWE and his earnings are sure to increase in the following years.
2018 Salary: $950,000
Net worth: 3.0 million dollars
Bonuses/perks: first-class air travel, 1.5% of merchandise profits, hotel, rental cars
If it wasn’t for the injury he had, Seth Rollins would already be making six figures.
2018 salary: 1.2 million dollars
Bonuses/perks: undisclosed percentage from merchandise sales, first class air travel
Net worth: 6 million dollars
With the Miz, we are now entering the heavy-hitters domain, where salaries exceed one million.
2018 Salary: 1.25 million dollars
Net worth: 20 million dollars
Bonuses/perks: first-class air travel, upgraded hotel stays, private business
Big Show has been around for a long time and for the last decade, he has earned six figures from WWE every year.
2018 Salary: 2.25 million dollars
Net worth: 17.5 million dollars
Bonuses/perks: first-class air travel, hotel upgrades, undisclosed pay-per-view bonus when he’s in the main event, 2% merchandise sales
The Undertaker has become a household name through WWE, so his high position on this list isn’t a surprise.
2018 Salary: 2.8 million dollars
Net worth: 25 million dollars
Bonuses/perks: stock options, private jet, limited travel and appearances, pay-per-view bonuses, 5% merchandise profits
We don’t get to see Triple H in the ring much these days, as he is transitioning into his new corporate role as Senior VP in charge of talents.
2018 Salary: 6.0 million dollars
Net worth: 21 million dollars
Bonuses/perks: private jet use, hotel upgrades, undisclosed merchandise bonus, pay-per-view bonus
Many people think that Brock Lesnar is overpaid, but considering how many fans come to see him fight, that simply isn’t true.
2018 Salary: 9.5 million dollars
Net worth: 35 million dollars
Bonuses/perks: private jet use, 4 stars or better hotel where available, 3.0% of merchandise sales, the highest pay-per-view bonus in company
And on top is naturally John Cena, one of the most popular WWE superstars in history. As he slowly moves to acting, his career in WWE is winding down, but he will still earn considerable money from it for the rest of his life.