Russell Wilson Net Worth: Just Taking Off

The Russell Wilson net worth number of $26.3 million comes from $56.4 million in pre-tax earnings from salary, merchandise and endorsements. Wilson’s current contract is for eight years and $87.6 million. The Seahawks signed the player in 2015 with a $31 million signing bonus. He will be a free agent again in 2020. In 2012 Wilson tied Peyton Manning’s record for the biggest number of passing touchdowns completed by a rookie. In that same year he was named as Pepsi’s NFL Rookie of the Year. The star quarterback led the Seattle Seahawks to their first Super Bowl win ever. In his first four seasons, Wilson won 46 games. That’s more than any other QB in the NFL in the same time frame.

Russell Wilson Net Worth Facts

Russell Wilson Net Worth Facts
Russell Wilson net worth$26,302,516
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The Russell Wilson net worth figure of $26.3 million is high for a player fairly new to the NFL. Wilson only signed on with the Seahawks in 2012. His rookie contract paid him an average salary of $749,176 per year, which is fairly typical. Wilson’s new, much bigger contract pays an average of $21.9 million a year, but the player only started earning at that rate in 2016. His net worth will grow, but for now it’s small compared to legends of the sport. Patriots QB Tom Brady’s net worth is seven times as big as Wilson’s at $172 million. Retired legend Peyton Manning’s net worth is eight times bigger at $191 million. Even Peyton’s brother Eli Manning has a net worth four times bigger than Wilson’s at $102 million. Outside the NFL, LeBron James has nine times more money than Wilson with $223 million. LA Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has almost twice as much with $41 million and NBA star Stephen Curry has 2% more with $27 million. What about in the world of politics? Hillary Clinton has 18% more money than Russell Wilson with $32 million, and that’s not including husband Bill’s net worth of over $100 million.


Russell Wilson Net Worth Timeline

Russell Wilson Net Worth by Year
Russell Wilson net worth 2012$360,870
Russell Wilson net worth 2013$1,364,161
Russell Wilson net worth 2014$5,189,653
Russell Wilson net worth 2015$12,439,636
Russell Wilson net worth 2016$26,302,516

The Russell Wilson net worth total was just $360,870 in 2012. Since then it has grown to a whopping $26.3 million. The player’s net worth reached a million in 2013 and $5 million in 2014. A big jump came in 2015 when Wilson’s net worth spiked to $12.4 million. that was from the QB’s new $87 million contract, though Wilson “only” saw $7 million of that money in the first year. The steady curve upward in the graph above shows Wilson’s relatively low salary in his first three years with the NFL and his much higher pay in 2015 and 2016. The upward slope is also thanks in part to increasing earnings from merchandise and a huge jump in endorsement deal income. Contracts with companies like Pepsi, Levi’s, Nike and Duracell began mounting in 2014. That’s when Wilson became a two-time NFC Champion and led his team to its first Super Bowl victory.

Also see: Tom Brady Net Worth

Russell Wilson Net Worth Sources: Salary, Endorsements, Merchandise

Russell Wilson net worth sources include $27.6 million in pre-tax NFL salary so far plus an estimated $26.2 million in endorsement income and $2.5 million in merchandise earnings. Wilson has earned $56.3 million so far since 2012. That gives him an average salary of $11.27 million and a 2016 salary of $29.5 million, including earnings from all sources. A career tax bill of $22.3 million and expenses of $8.4 million knock down Wilson’s net worth. Since the star’s earnings have only just reached mega-rich status, investments only kick in about $701,000 so far.

At 27 years old, Russell Wilson has a long career ahead. Whether he’ll get his net worth to climb into the near $200 million range like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have done remains to be seen. That kind of wealth is certainly possible for the player without serious injuries and with continued performance on par with what he’s delivered so far.

Russell Wilson Net Worth Sources
Football Salary$27,640,123
Total Russell Wilson Earnings$56,390,123
Russell Wilson Salary (average)$11,278,025
Russell Wilson Salary 2016$29,542,000
Russell Wilson Net Worth$26,302,516

Russell Wilson Net Worth from NFL Salary: $27.6 Million

The Russell Wilson net worth sum gets $27.6 million from NFL salary payments so far. Wilson’s first contract with the Seattle Seahawks was for four years and $2.99 million. That was on par for a third-round NFL draft pick. It was only after the quarterback distinguished himself as a Pro Bowl pick in 2012 and 2013, an NFC champ in 2012 and 2014 and a Super Bowl XLVIII champion that his true value became clear. Wilson’s second contract gave him ten times more pay in 2015 at just over $7 million, with a bump up to $18.5 million in 2016. His pay under the deal will increase incrementally to $18.8 million in 2017, $21.7 million in 2018 and $23.2 million in 2019.

There’s nothing quite like a Super Bowl win to jack a player’s salary through the roof, and that’s especially true of a quarterback who pulls his weight like Wilson. Wilson threw for 206 yards in Super Bowl XLVII with two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Russell Wilson Net Worth from NFL Salary
YearEstimated Earnings
Total Russell Wilson Net Worth from Football$27,640,123

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Russell Wilson Net Worth from Endorsements: $26 Million

Endorsements add an estimated $26 million to the Russell Wilson net worth total. We say “estimated” because exact figures for endorsement deals are kept private, unlike NFL salary figures. What we do know is that Wilson has inked deals with some very high-paying brands, including Levi’s, Nike, Pepsi, Duracell and Microsoft to name just a few. While we don’t know exactly how much those deals pay, we do know the value of similar deals with a few other stars from the worlds of sports, music and film. Based on those known numbers, we can reverse-engineer Wilson’s endorsement deal earnings, starting at about $250,000 in 2012 and climbing gradually to $10 million in 2016. If other top sports figures are any clue, Wilson could end up earning $20 million or more yearly from endorsements depending on how his next few seasons go. That’s based on estimates for Tiger Woods and LeBron James’ endorsement deals. In Woods’ case he earned as much as $50 million in a single year from brand contracts. A partial list of brands Wilson has signed deals with is shown below:

  • Levi’s
  • Pepsi
  • Nike
  • American Family Insurance
  • Microsoft
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Duracell
  • Braun
  • Bose
  • Reliant Recovery Water
  • United Way
  • Larson Automotive Group
  • Luvo
  • Eat the Ball

Russell Wilson Net Worth from Merchandise: $2.5 Million

The $2.5 million added to the Russell Wilson net worth number from merchandise sales is an estimate based on his Jersey’s popularity. As of 10/11/16, Wilson has the #7 top selling jersey in the NFL shop. That plus other merchandise like bobbleheads and tee shirts give an estimated $1 million in merchandise earnings in 2016. Of course Wilson doesn’t get all the money from each Jersey sale, but he does get a percentage.

Russell Wilson Net Worth from Merchandise
YearEstimated Earnings
Total Russell Wilson Net Worth from Merchandise$2,500,000


Also see: Colin Kaepernick Net Worth

Russell Wilson Net Worth Calculations

Taxes, expenses and investments all have their say in the Russell Wilson net worth calculations. Russell lives in Washington, which is one of the few U.S. states without a state income tax. The QB still pays the top U.S. federal income tax rate of 39.6%. That throws a red flag on $22.3 million of his earnings so far, with expenses sacking another 15% or $8.4 million. Those totals are added up in the second column below, with relatively meagre investments estimated at 6% of net worth per year or $701,401. Wilson’s net worth by year is shown in the final column.

Russell Wilson Net Worth Calculations
YearRussell Wilson Total EarningsAdjustments (Tax, Expense, Investment)Russell Wilson Net Worth
Russell Wilson Net Worth Totals$56,390,123-$30,087,607$26,302,516

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