Top 15 highest-paid WWE wrestlers: John Cena, Randy Orton, more

Top 15 highest-paid WWE wrestlers: John Cena, Randy Orton, more

Babu Tendu, Jackline Wangare, Adrianna Simwa
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM

WWE has worked endlessly to maintain its position as the world's largest wrestling company. The firm negotiates a 'downside guarantee' with each wrestler and pays them a base salary, bonuses for successful events and a percentage of goods sales that feature their pictures. Here are some of the highest-paid WWE wrestlers.

Top 12 highest-paid WWE wrestlers
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Wrestlers earn money through salary, pay-per-view bonuses, merchandise sales, and endorsement deals. Most wrestlers are contracted with a primary wrestling promotion and receive a monthly salary supplemented by pay-per-view bonuses, royalties, and other incentives.

Top 15 highest-paid WWE wrestlers

There are many highly-paid WWE wrestlers in 2023. This is due to the high number of athletes in the game. Below is a list of the top highest-paid wrestlers of all time.

15. Karl Anderson - $640k

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Karl Anderson enters the ring during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling at Osaka-Jo Hall in Osaka, Japan. Photo: Etsuo Hara
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  • Full name: Chad Allegra
  • Date of birth: 20 January 1980
  • Age: 43 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Karl is presently under contract with WWE and is an active wrestler on the SmackDown brand. He is part of The O.C. and has a history as a former member of the Bullet Club. He shares a strong friendship with AJ Styles and has been a longtime tag team partner with Doc Gallows. Karl Anderson earns an annual salary of $640k

14. Finn Bálor - $1 million

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From (L-R) Michael Conlon and Finn Balor pose at the Final Press Conference for the Jose Ramirez vs Amir Imam Super Lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Photo: Bill Tompkins
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  • Full name: Fergal Devitt
  • Date of birth: 25 July 1981
  • Age: 42 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Bray, Ireland

Finn is currently under a contract with WWE. He competes on the RAW brand as Finn Bálor. He is the founding member and the first manager of the Bullet Club stable. He is one of the WWE's highest-paid wrestlers. As of 2023, Finn Bálor's salary is estimated to be $1 million.

13. Bobby Lashley - $1 million

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WWE Superstar Bobby Lashley Celebrate Wrestlemania 35 at The Empire State Building in New York City. Photo: Santiago Felipe
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  • Full name: Franklin Roberto Lashley
  • Date of birth: 16 July 1976
  • Age: 47 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Junction City, Kansas, United States

Bobby Lashley is among the top 10 highest-paid WWE wrestlers of all time. He is also an MMA fighter. He was the ECW World Heavyweight Champion and the WWE Intercontinental Championship twice.

Lashley returned to WWE in 2020 and was re-crowned Intercontinental Champion for the second time. Bobby Lashley's salary is around $1 million.

12. Drew McIntyre - $1 million

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Drew McIntyre in the winners room during the MTV EMAs 2021 'Music for ALL' at the Papp Laszlo Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary. Photo: John Phillips-Pool
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  • Full name: Andrew McLean Galloway IV
  • Date of birth: 6 June 1985
  • Age: 38 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Ayr, Scotland

Drew is currently signed to WWE, performing on the Raw brand under the ring name Drew McIntyre. He is a two-time world champion, having held the WWE Championship and the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship. He is widely regarded as one of the best wrestlers in the world today. Drew McIntyre's salary is $1 million annually.

11. Braun Strowman - $1.2 million

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WWE Superstar Braun Strowman during Kid Trash Talk. Photo: Andrew Lipovsky
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  • Full name: Adam Joseph Scherr
  • Date of birth: 6 September 1983
  • Age: 40 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, United States

Braun Strowman is a professional wrestler and former strongman. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Braun Strowman.

He has won several championships, such as the WWE Intercontinental Championship, WWE Greatest Royal Rumble and NAS US Amateur National Championships. Braun Strowman's salary is $1.2 million.

10. Dolph Ziggler - $1.5 million

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WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler attends the Team Rubicon's Veterans Day Salute To Service Gala at Spring Studios in New York City. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz
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  • Full name: Nicholas Theodore Nemeth
  • Date of birth: 27 July 1980
  • Age: 43 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

As one of the most famous WWE superstars in 2023, Dolph Ziggler's salary is roughly $1.5 million. He is a professional wrestler and a stand-up comedian from the United States of America.

In 2004, Ziggler made his debut in WWE as a professional wrestler. WWE World Heavyweight Champion (twice), WWE United States Champion (twice), WrestleMania XXXII Champion (one).

9. The Undertaker - $2.5 million

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  • Full name: Mark William Calaway
  • Date of birth: 24 March 1965
  • Age: 58 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Houston, Texas, United States

The Undertaker, also known as the Dead Man, is the WWE's longest-serving wrestler. He is regarded as the most popular and outstanding professional wrestler in WWE history.

He began his career in 1987, working for World Class Championship Wrestling under various gimmicks (WCCW). Despite retiring in 2020, he appeared in the Monday Night Raw 30th Anniversary special. The Undertaker's salary on WWE is estimated to be $2.5 million annually, and he is now signed to a Legends contract.

8. Seth Rollins - $3 million

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Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch on Tuesday, June 27, 2023. Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC
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  • Full name: Colby Daniel Lopez
  • Date of birth: 28 May 1986
  • Age: 37 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Davenport, Iowa, United States

As of 2023, Seth Rollins' salary on an annual basis is around $3 million. Seth Rollins is one of the most talented WWE superstars and members of Team Shield. He has held numerous championships, including the FCW Grand Slam Champion, the first NXT Champion, the World Heavyweight Championship, and many more.

7. AJ Styles - $3 million

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Wrestling superstar AJ Styles attends the 2018 Fan Expo Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada. Photo: Che Rosales
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  • Full name: Allen Neal Jones
  • Date of birth: 2 June 1977
  • Age: 46 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, United States

AJ is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand. He debuted in 1998 and competed for various independent promotions. He joined WWE officially in 2016. He has won numerous championships, including the IPW Heavyweight Championship four times and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship twice. AJ Styles' salary is alleged to be $3 million.

6. Becky Lynch - $3.1 million

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  • Full name: Rebecca Quin
  • Date of birth: 30 January 1987
  • Age: 36 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Limerick, Ireland

Becky Lynch is one of the highest-paid WWE female wrestlers. Becky Lynch's salary is around $3.1 million annually. She began her training at Finn Balor's wrestling school.

Becky agreed to terms with WWE in 2013 and is currently regarded as one of the best female wrestlers on both Raw and Smackdown. She has won several championships in her wrestling career, including the WWE Raw Women's Championship.

5. Triple H - $3.3 million

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Paul 'Triple H' Levesque attend WWE 20th Anniversary Celebration Marking Premiere of WWE Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Jerod Harris
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  • Full name: Paul Michael Levesque
  • Date of birth: 27 July 1969
  • Age: 54 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Nashua, New Hampshire, United States

Triple H made his debut in WWE in 1995 as Hunter Hearst Helmsley. In 2019, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of D-Generation X. He is the Executive Vice president of strategy and global talent development. He is the creator and executive producer of the NXT brand. Triple H's salary is estimated to be $3.3 million.

4. Randy Orton - $4 million

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WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton attends the WrestleMania 30 press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe New York in New York City. Photo: Andrew Toth
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  • Full name: Randal Keith Orton
  • Date of birth: 1 April 1980
  • Age: 43 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Randy is a professional wrestler and actor currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand. Orton is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, with a career spanning over 20 years.

As a professional wrestler, he has won several championships, including the World Championship, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and the WWE United States Championship. Randy Orton's salary is $4 million. He is among the highest-paid wrestlers.

3. Roman Reigns - $5 million

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WWE Star Roman Reigns poses ahead of the MTV EMA's 2020 in Orlando, United States. Photo: WWE
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  • Full name: Leati Joseph Anoaʻi
  • Date of birth: 25 May 1985
  • Age: 38 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Pensacola, Florida, United States

Roman Reigns is a professional wrestler, actor, and former football player. He has won the WWE Championship four times, the WWE Universal Championship twice, the WWE Tag Team Championship, the 2015 Royal Rumble Champion, and the Slammy Award seven times. Roman Reigns earns roughly $5 million annually, making him one of WWE's highest-paid wrestlers.

2. John Cena - $8.5 million

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  • Full name: John Felix Anthony Cena
  • Date of birth: 23 April 1977
  • Age: 46 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: West Newbury, Massachusetts, United States

John Cena is one of WWE's highest-paid wrestlers. John Cena's salary is around $8.5 million annually. He is the WWE's most popular and beloved wrestler of all time.

He is also one of the most successful actors and TV host. His professional wrestling career began in 1999. For the last 13 years, he has been WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, and WWE US Champion. He has also been a WWE World Champion several times.

1. Brock Lesnar - $12 million

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  • Full name: Brock Edward Lesnar
  • Date of birth: 12 July 1977
  • Age: 46 years (as of 2023)
  • Place of birth: Webster, South Dakota, United States

Brock Lesnar is the only person to have won all the primary heavyweight championships in WWE, UFC, New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Who is the highest-paid WWE wrestler?

As of 2023, Brock Lesnar's salary is estimated to be $12 million. He is the one of the highest-paid WWE wrestlers ever. Brock is widely regarded as one of the world's most prolific athletes.

Who are the highest-paid wrestlers in WWE?

Below is a summary table of the top 15 wrestlers' annual salaries.

Rank

Name

Salary

1

Brock Lesnar

$12 million

2

John Cena

$8.5 million

3

Roman Reigns

$5 million

4

Randy Orton

$4 million

5

Triple H

$3.3 million

6

Becky Lynch

$3.1 million

7

AJ Styles

$3 million

8

Seth Rollins

$3 million

9

The Undertaker

$2.5 million

10

Dolph Ziggler

$1.5 million

11

Braun Strowman

$1.2 million

12

Drew McIntyre

$1 million

13

Bobby Lashley

$1 million

14

Finn Bálor

$1 million

15

Karl Anderson

$640k

Who are the 10 richest WWE wrestlers?

These are the ten richest wrestlers in the world as of 2023.

Rank

Name

Net worth

1

Vince McMahon

$1.8 billion

2

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

$800 million

3

Stephanie McMahon

$150 million

4

Triple H

$150 million

5

John Cena

$80 million

6

Steve Austin

$30 million

7

Hulk Hogan

$25 million

8

Stacy Keibler

$25 million

9

Chris Jericho

$18 million

10

The Undertaker

$17 million

How much does WWE pay their wrestlers?

Wrestlers in the WWE are paid according to contract agreements, which vary greatly depending on the individual. The majority of wrestlers are paid a base salary plus bonuses, benefits, merchandise sales, and other sources of income. WWE salaries per month can range from 100k for lower-tier wrestlers to millions of dollars for top-tier performers.

The highest-paid WWE wrestlers are some of the biggest names in the wrestling industry. They have worked hard for their salaries, bonuses, and other sources of income, such as endorsement deals.

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