The Average Salary of an NFL Kicker


    NFL kickers earn a base salary that is augmented by signing and other bonuses. Starting in the 1994 season, salary caps were implemented by the league to prevent wealthy teams from hiring all the best players and to manage costs for all teams. In the 2010 season, that cap was removed when NFL team owners decided to end their collective bargaining agreement with the players' union. Future salaries of all players, including kickers, are likely to be affected by this change.

2009 Base Salary Ranges

    Base salaries vary widely. According to USA Today, two NFL kickers had the highest base salaries in the 2009 season of $2,483,000: Michael Koenen of the Atlanta Falcons and Shayne Graham of the Cincinnati Bengals. Five kickers had the lowest base salary of $310,000.

Average Base Salary

    The 67 kickers on the 2009 NFL rosters had combined total base salaries of $70,425,780, an average of $1,051,131, according to USA Today.

About the Author

Sharon LaFleur's journalism career began in 1998 with "The Times of Acadiana" in Lafayette, La. In 2002 she became associate editor for the monthly magazines "Acadiana LifeStyle" and "LifeStyle Lafayette." In 2004 "LifeStyle Lafayette" turned into the weekly newspaper, "The Independent" and LaFleur served as special projects editor. LaFleur holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts.