The highest-earning athletes in American sports of the decade

  • Athletes' salaries have soared over the course of the decade.
  • With the help of Spotrac, we added up the total cash earnings from contracts of the top athletes in North American sports to see who has made the most since 2010.
  • NFL, MLB, and NBA players make up the entire list, with 13 players making over $200 million on the field this decade.
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It's never been more lucrative to be a professional athlete.

Over the course of this decade, athlete salaries have soared, thanks to growing revenues in many sports.

With the help of Spotrac, we went through the highest-earning athletes in each North American sport, based on total cash from their contracts from 2010 to now. Three leagues owned the list — MLB, NBA, and NFL. While NHL players, golfers, and tennis players are all highly paid, their salaries have not caught quite up with pro baseball, basketball, and football.

Check out which athletes earned the most on the field over the last decade.

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16. Carmelo Anthony: $190.5 million

League: NBA

Age: 35

Biggest contract this decade: Five years, $124 million in 2014

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

15. Dwight Howard: $191.5 million

League: NBA

Age: 34

Biggest contract this decade: Four years, $88 million in 2012

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
14. Russell Westbrook: $198.1 million

League: NBA

Age: 31

Biggest contract this decade: Five years, $206 million in 2017

(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
13. Matthew Stafford: $200.6 million

League: NFL

Age: 31

Biggest contract this decade: Five years, $135 million in 2017

(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
12. Matt Ryan: $201.5 million

League: NFL

Age: 34

Biggest contract this decade: Five year, $150 million contract in 2018

(AP Photo/Danny Karnik)
11. Aaron Rodgers: $205.5 million

League: NFL

Age: 36

Biggest contract this decade: Four years, $134 million in 2018

(AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
10. C.C. Sabathia: $207.7 million

League: MLB

Age: 39

Biggest contract this decade: Five years, $122 million in 2011

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
9. Zack Greinke: $208.2 million

League: MLB

Age: 36

Biggest contract this decade: Six years, $206 million in 2016

(AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
8. Kevin Durant: $211.9 million

League: NBA

Age: 31

Biggest contract this decade: Four years, $164 million in 2019

(Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)
7. Felix Hernandez: $215.4 million

League: MLB

Age: 33

Biggest contract this decade: Seven years, $175 million in 2013.

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
6. Albert Pujols: $216.3 million

League: MLB

Age: 39

Biggest contract this decade: Ten years, $240 million in 2012

(Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
5. Justin Verlander: $220.3 million

League: MLB

Age: 36

Biggest contract this decade: Five years, $180 million in 2013

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
4. Clayton Kershaw: $220.9 million

League: MLB

Age: 31

Biggest contract this decade: Seven years, $215 million in 2014

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
3. Miguel Cabrera: $222.9 million

League: MLB

Age: 36

Biggest contract this decade: Eight years, $248 million in 2014

(Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
2. Chris Paul: $231.1 million

League: NBA

Age: 34

Biggest contract this decade: Four years, $159 million in 2018

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
1. LeBron James: $244.8 million

League: NBA

Age: 35

Biggest contract this decade: Four years, $154 million in 2018

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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