Huge WWE Executive Pay Breakdown: Vince, Stephanie, HHH Earnings Revealed

The following is a breakdown of WWE executive pay. Senior management within the company currently consists of Vince McMahon (CEO), George Barrios (CFO & Chief Strategy Officer), Michelle Wilson (Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Marketing Officer), Stephanie McMahon (Chief Branding Officer), Paul Levesque (Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative), Kevin Dunn (Executive Producer), Casey Collins (Executive Vice President of Consumer Products), Michael Luisi (President, WWE Studios), Gerret Meier (Executive Vice President, International), Laura Brevetti (Senior Vice President, General Counsel) and Basil DeVito Jr. (Senior Advisor, Business Strategy).

The current base salaries are Vince McMahon at $1,184,500, George Barrios at $700,000, Triple H at $550,000 (as well as a $1 million per year contract as a talent), Kevin Dunn at $700,000 and Michael Luisi at $600,000.

Actual total compensation, which includes stock grants, for the top WWE executives in 2013 saw Vince McMahon end up with $1,724,958 (McMahon doesn’t receive additional stock grants since he owns so much company stock to begin with). In 2012, McMahon’s earnings were $2,456,359, and in 2011 were $1,111,395. The difference in 2011 was mainly because McMahon earned no additional compensation from profit incentives in 2011. The profit levels needed for incentives to begin for senior management lowered in 2012, so he ended up earning an additional $1.3 million that way.

Also in 2013, Barrios earned $1,378,197. Triple H earned $2,511,331 in 2013. His actual earnings as a talent between match payoffs, as well as merchandise and licensing money was $1,868,639. In 2012, HHH made $2,912,231, which was $488,482 in executive salary, $305,000 in profit sharing incentive bonuses and $2,118,769 as a talent. In 2011, Triple H earned $336,538 as an executive, $74,100 in stock grants and $2,074,042 as a talent, for a total of $2,484,680 for the year.

In 2013, Dunn earned $1,744,184. Luisi earned $1,403,228. Stephanie McMahon earned $778,394 in 2013, $325,000 of which was as a television talent.

As far as WWE stock goes, Vince McMahon is obviously the top earner, with 39,272,641 shares, which has a current value of approximately $1.21 billion. Linda McMahon, who has 9,066,770 shares, which is currently valued at $280.2 million. Stephanie McMahon has 2,511,071, so despite her selling off so much stock last year, with the recent stock increase, she’s still worth about $77.6 million in stock alone. Triple H owns 50,764 shares, which is currently valued at $1.57 million.

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    (Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)

  • Matt Boone

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    • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

      Damn these guys bust their ass, and still get paid like veteran nba players salary. lol. 1 million for hhh as a talent? thats it? Im curious to know exactly what earnings cena makes a yr, I hope its more than that. Or the rock in his heyday, Rock had to be making at least 3mil a yr.

      • WCWJobber

        HHH does like 2 matches in a year now…

        • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

          Very true. I think last yr he only did extreme rules and wm..So that is good

          • WCWJobber

            Yup and in 2012 Summerslam and WM. and plus imagine the payday he got for his match with Taker LOL

          • Donny Octave

            Just a heads up, H did Wrestlemania last year as well.

        • Matt Gallagher

          He wrestled Curtis axel once #ashamed

          • A Realist

            You need to be ashamed for so many other reasons. His match with Axel isn’t one of them.

            • Matt Gallagher

              He wrestled Curtis axel on a random raw for no reason tho

            • A Realist

              ::facepalm:: Sigh.

            • SwindleFox69

              The reason he wrestled Axel on Raw was so he could put the kid over on national tv. More people tune in to Raw than they do PPV’s. And if my memory serves correctly, it wasn’t a random Raw it was a post-ppv raw and it was his debut raw. Post-PPV crowds tend to draw a larger audience.

            • Matt Gallagher

              And what did they do with Curtis axel now? Nothing

      • Ayatollah of rock N rolla

        They’re doing what they love and are making millions for it…. the problem is??

        • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

          Who said it was? I’m saying they put their bodies on the line now than any other sport. I just thought the pay would be better but ive since had been corrected. Jeez.

          • BasedWorld

            Sorry but body infliction doesn’t necessary put you in a higher pay grade. Also those other sports makes more than them and more popular so you have your answer right there.

            • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

              True, but Jason Collins, a guy who hardly ever plays, makes at least one mill a yr. He dwarfs a person like say a ziggler. Yeesh. Lol That must hurt morale. “this guy never even played a min in his respective sport, he gets paid to ride the bech at a vets minimum. Why am I being paid less than him in my sport and Im an active player” kinda thing.

            • Ayatollah of rock N rolla

              Jason Collins was signed to a 10 day contract. Plays in the second biggest sport in America, for a top tier market. If they wanted to make a boat load of money, they’d be in a different career. Not everything is about money

            • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

              He’s signed for the remainder of the season for vets minimum. Now he is playing but before he never played to often.if wrestling had a union there would be a vets minimum.

    • WCWJobber

      Well .. HHH “keep getting them checks” boy (If anybody gets the reference I LOVE YOU)

      • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

        Got to give the people…….

        • WCWJobber

          whatttttt theeeeeeey wantt

          • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

            haha, I love you man. Jalen is awesome. yoshi tatsu, Not on the main roster, but thats ok fella, KEEP GETTIN DEM CHECKS.


      .. Curious to know what CENA makes in a year considering hes the face of WWE ..

      • astronautbutter

        According to Pay Wizard, 2.5 million a year. He’ll have a base salary and a cut/bonus of merchandise sales. People like Punk and Cena also get their own buses, hotels, and first class travel accommodations built into their contracts.

      • A Realist

        Whatever it is, it’s too much, you over obsessed fanboy.

        • Ryan Walker

          Says the guy who’s reading the dirt sheets…

          • A Realist

            He says to the guy reading dirt sheets says the guy reading dirt sheets…


              Says to the guy reading dirt on the dirt sheets to the guy reading dirt on the dirt sheets.

    • God’s Diamond

      I was looking to see if they had an actual chief operations officer. Guess not.

    • Orestis

      Not trying to sound dump, but oh boy that’s greek to me.(Oh wait I’m from greece anyway)Ha!

    • A Realist

      And we’ll never be royals….

      • d1l2g3

        Not in this world, buy we will when we go over yonder..

    • ryan

      How much stock does Shane have?

      • WarPigsLukesWall

        Pretty sure the only guy who owns more stock than Shane is Vince himself.

        • RatedNC17

          – At this time, Stephanie McMahon still owns 661,678 shares of WWE stock, which is worth more than $14 million.

          – Shane McMahon currently owns 1,541,224 shares of WWE stock, which is worth over $35 million.

    • Rusty

      Im not sure about these numbers… Wrestling books (like Jericho’s, Foley’s, etc) always mention bigger paydays for top talents for major ppvs like WM. Besides, it’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter material, so….

    • llllNinjastarllll

      This is nothing , im pretty sure they paid Brock Lesnar 5 million a year for just a few shows , I read this a while back , not sure if anyone else remembers him getting that much , but im almost 100% sure thats what i read . Correct me if im wrong on this.

      • Bodacious Bob

        Yes Brock is getting 5 mill. WWE is desperate for anybody with a name. I’m sure they begged Batista to come back, not the other way around.

        • llllNinjastarllll

          Ok good, glad someone else knew about this, and yes im pretty sure Batista is making huge from wwe, or he wouldnt have came back, But the catch for Batista was he had to sign a 2 year contract

    • Meddler65

      While the wrestlers get no healthcare benefits…

      • BasedWorld

        They receive a good pay check and now there is Obama care so there are no more excuses.

    • Triple X

      Wow, this absolutely nothing. Scubs in the NBA get payed more than this.

      • G.I.R.L.

        Nothing? The internet is occupied by billionaires, I see.

        • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

          Thats nothign when Your putting on your body on the line, 4-6 days a week. They dont have no insurance, independent contractors and injuries are bound to happen, hospitals aint cheap. They can quickly burn through that 300,000 or so a midcard can get. Easy.But at least its not 50 bucks a night at some back. HHH did really good, but he must not move merch…To only make one mill in merch for a whole year lol.

          • Triple X

            Exactly what I’m trying to say.

        • Triple X

          I’m comparing too different sports incomes, not my real life. Smh.

          • G.I.R.L.

            And you can keep shaking your head until you have enough perspective to realize what sarcasm is.

            Not to mention, regardless of your comparing apples with oranges, my general point is the same: multi-million dollars a year is never “absolutely nothing”.

            And lol “too” different sports incomes.

      • BasedWorld

        Are they getting NBA money?!

        • Triple X

          Nope & not even close. They have a way more rigorous schedule then NBA players and get payed way less.

          • Ayatollah of rock N rolla

            Bigger demand for NBA= Bigger pay. simple economics

    • Brian

      Triple H makes 44 grand a week, I make less than half of that in a whole year.

    • Ceej

      Real sports athletes get paid so much more than these jackasses. I’m not impressed.

    • Black Berry

      HHH got a good pay, good job, and good wife to screw

    • Jon-Charles Cordery

      As executives in a multi-million dollar entity, I expected Vince to be making more than that. Anyway, good for him and the rest of the staff. I honestly just wish the day would come where he respects his wrestlers enough to make them employees, and takes care of them with a pension and everything else. I know, I still have dreams.

      • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

        He makes more than that. He owns the company and 90%of the shares lol