13 Top Paid Kickers in the NFL

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Ever wondered who are the top-paid kickers in the NFL? Worry not because today’s article contains everything you wanted to know about these top paid kickers.

We all know how big of a role kickers play and how much pressure they have on their shoulders.

Chris Boswell, 2016.
Chris Boswell, 2016. (Source: Wikimedia)

So, let’s take out few minutes to read and appreciate these terrific kickers and learn a thing or two about them. 

13 Top Paid Kickers in the NFL 2024

Our today’s ranking is based on the ranking done by OTC.

Rank Name of Players Average Salary (Yearly)
13 Ryan Succop $4,000,000
12 Jake Elliott $4,030,000
11 Wil Lutz $4,050,000
10 Harrison Butker $4,055,000
9 Chris Boswell $4,201,500
8 Brandon McManus $4,300,000
7 Mason Crosby $4,300,000
6 Jason Sanders $4,400,000
5 Ka’imi Fairbairn $4,412,500
4 Daniel Carlson $4,600,000
3 Graham Gano $4,666,667
2 Younghoe Koo $4,850,000
1 Justin Tucker $5,000,000


13. Ryan Succop

At number 13 in the list of top-paid kickers in the NFL, we have Ryan Succop. Talking about Succop, he completed his high school at Hickory High School in Hickory, North Carolina.

As of now, Succop plays for Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL. Moreover, Succop is a four-time all-conference and two-time all-state performer. Not to mention, he was a three-time conference special team Player of the Year.

Ryan Succop.
Ryan Succop. (Source: Wikimedia)

Besides this, Succop also played soccer and scored 104 career goals. Similarly, he was rated as the fourth-best kicker in the nation and the sixteenth-best prospect in North Carolina.

12. Jake Elliott

Born on 21st January 1995, Jake Elliott is an American footballer and one of the top-paid kickers in the NFL. 

Playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, this talented athlete has three different NFL records to his name.

In other words, he has the record for the longest field goal by a rookie (61 yards), the longest field goal by a rookie in the playoffs (53 yards), and the longest field goal by a rookie in a Super Bowl (46 yards).

Jake Elliott
Jake Elliott

In addition, he is also part of the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII championship team.

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11. Wil Lutz

Ranked 11th in the ranking as one of the top-paid kickers in the NFL, we have Wil Lutz. Moreover, this talented American placekicker plays for the New Orleans Saints in the NFL.

Starting his professional career with Baltimore Ravens in 2016, he only stayed with them for 4 months. In other words, he signed with the New Orleans Saints after 5 months of joining the Ravens. 

Wil Lutz
Wil Lutz

If you didn’t know, Lutz was famous for his kickoffs even before joining the professional League. Lutz became the placekicker for Georgia State during his college plays after just playing for four games.

To further elaborate, Lutz made 4-of-7 field goals, equivalent to a 57% success rate.

10. Harrison Butker

Nicknamed Butt Kicker, Harrison Butker is a highly talented American football placekicker who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.

Talking about his college career, Butker played college football at Georgia Tech from 2013 to 2016. Here, he captained the team and is the all-time leading scorer in school history.

Harrison Butker
Harrison Butker. (Source: Wikimedia)

Also, let’s not forget that Butker is the second-highest in NFL history in career field goal percentage with 90.1%.

Unfortunately, due to testing COVID-19 positive on December 20, 2021, Butker was placed on reserve and missed the Chiefs’ Week 16 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was his career’s first game to miss.

9. Chris Boswell

American professional football kicker Chris Boswell plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL. 

Besides this, Boswell is among the top-paid kickers in the NFL. In addition, he was a  three-year starter at his college. Back then, his career points were 358. 


Likewise, Boswell started playing professionally in 2015. This was when he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and became their fourth placekicker.

In a match against the Las Vegas Raiders on September 19, Boswell broke the Heinz Field field goal record by scoring a 56-yard field goal.

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8. Brandon McManus

Brandon McManus is an American football placekicker in the NFL who plays for the Denver Broncos.

In addition, he is one of the top-paid kickers in the NFL and is also a member of their Super Bowl 50 championship team who beat the Carolina Panthers.

Speaking of his early career, McManus played college football at Temple, where the Indianapolis Colts later signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Similarly, he has also been a member of the New York Giants.

Aqib Talib, Brandon McManus
Aqib Talib, Brandon McManus. (Source: Wikimedia)

McManus kicked a career-long 61-yard field goal against the Los Angeles Chargers in the Week 17 match of the 2021-2022 season.

7. Mason Crosby

Listed as one of the top-paid kickers in the NFL, Mason Crosby is an American football placekicker in the NFL who plays for the Green Bay Packers.

As for his college career, Crosby played college football as a part of the Colorado Buffaloes football team from 2003 to 2006. Let’s not forget, Crosby earned unanimous All-American honors during this period.

In a match against Miami Hurricanes during his college career, Crosby made a 58-yard field goal; the longest goal ever kicked in NCAA Division I-A football at sea-level without a tee. 

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Green Bay Packers host Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers for Pros vs. GI Joes. (Source: Flickr)

Later, Crosby was picked by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round, where he became part of the Super Bowl XLV championship team. He was the NFL scoring leader for 2020.

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6. Jason Sanders

Ranked number 6th in today’s ranking, Jason Sanders is one of the top-paid kickers in the NFL. 

Talking about his early years, Sanders attended college in New Mexico. He made a 111-of-112 extra-point attempts and 25-of-35 field goal attempts, with a career-long of 53 yards.

As a result, Sanders was praised as the top pro-kicking prospect in the country by renowned kicking coach Brent Grablachoff.

Jason Sanders
Jason Sanders.

Later, after finishing college, Miami Dolphins drafted Sanders in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft. 

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5. Ka’imi Fairbairn

American football placekicker Ka’imi Fairbairn is one of the top-paid kickers in the NFL, playing for the Houston Texans. 

However, before joining the pro league and becoming one of the top-paid kickers in the NFL, Fairbairn played college football for the UCLA Bruins.

Ka'imi Fairbairn, UCLA
Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA (Source: Wikimedia)

Moreover, this talented kicker was a consensus first-team All-American senior and the Lou Groza Award holder as the nation’s top college kicker in 2015.

As a true freshman, he won the kicking position and became the Pac-12 Conference record-breaker for the most career points scored.

Similarly, after signing with Houston as a free agent, Fairbairn was named the starting kicker in 2017. He was the NFL scoring leader for 2018.

4. Daniel Carlson

Playing for the Las Vegas Raiders, Daniel Carlson is one of the top-paid kickers in the NFL. 

Talking about Carlson, Daniel isn’t the only kicker from the family; his younger brother Anders is a promising kicker on the Auburn Tigers football. The same college where Daniel became the SEC’s all-time leading scorer.

Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas Raiders, 2021
Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas Raiders, 2021 (Source: Wikimedia)

Followed this, Carlson was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2018 NFL Draft. After being released by the Vikings during his rookie season, Carlson joined the Raiders, twice leading the league in scoring.

Likewise, in 2021 Carlson signed a four-year contract of $18.4 million with the Raiders making him one of the top-paid kickers in the NFL. He grabbed the scoring leader title in NFL for the years 2020 and 2021.

3. Graham Gano

Born on 9th April 1987, Graham Gano is one of the top-paid kickers in the NFL. 

Moreover, this talented American professional placekicker plays for the New York Giants. 

Talking about his college, he went to Florida State University. This was where he played college football and caught the eye of the Baltimore Ravens. 

Later, Gano went on to play for multiple teams, such as the Las Vegas Locomotives,  the Washington Redskins, and the Carolina Panthers.

Graham Gano
Graham Gano. (Source: Wikimedia)

Also, let’s not forget, Gano, during his time with the Panthers, scored the franchise’s record for the longest field goal at 63 yards in 2018. 

2. Younghoe Koo

The only South Korean on the list, Younghoe Koo, is a professional placekicker for the Atlanta Falcons. Also, he is the second top-paid kicker in the NFL. 

Starting a professional career with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017, Koo became one of the most sought-after players in the League. 

After taking a year-long break from football, Koo played with the Atlanta Legends in the AAF, scoring the first points in the League’s history.

As a result, Koo got colossal attention and later returned to the NFL, joining Falcons the same year.

Younghoe Koo
Younghoe Koo

To clarify, he is known for his accurate onside kicks. This was the reputation he developed being with the Falcons.

Later, in 2020, Koo received Pro Bowl honors. And, let’s not forget, Koo is the third-most accurate placekicker in the NFL. 

1. Justin Tucker

Playing for the Baltimore Ravens, Justin Tucker is an American-born football placekicker and also the number one top-paid kicker in the NFL. 

Moreover, this talented placekicker attended college in Texas and played football. His proficiency in the sport made him get drafted by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

Justine Tucker, 2020.
Justine Tucker, 2020. (Source: Wikimedia)

Plus, let’s not forget, Tucker is regarded as one of the greatest kickers of all time, having one of the most accurate kicks at 91.1 percent.

After all, he holds the record for the longest successful field goal at 66 yards. Doing this, Tucker broke his record.

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Each of the players listed here isn’t necessarily the best in their roles, but the numbers in the paycheck don’t lie. It describes just how much the league teams want them. 

So, which kicker did you find most fascinating? 

And, did your favorite kicker land on today’s listing? Make sure to let us know; we will try to include them in our next article. 

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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