Atlanta United Has The Highest Payroll In MLS - Who Are The Club's Top Earners?

INJURED STAR JOSEF MARTINEZ LEADS THE WAY, WITH LUIZ ARAÚJO CLOSE BEHIND.

The 2022 Major League Soccer Season is in full swing, and teams have finalized their rosters following the closure of the primary transfer window earlier this month. While the disparity in player wages may not rival that of European clubs, a look at the 2022 Atlanta United player salaries show a select few MLS sides still manage to outspend the others.

In a breakdown of the 18 biggest MLS Salaries, we found that Atlanta United has the highest payroll of any MLS team, offering up a total of $21 million in guaranteed money to its players. The 2018 MLS champions have steadily increased their player salaries since joining the league in 2017, outspending the league median each year. Today, Atlanta boasts two of the top ten highest paid players in the league. Such spending begs the questions: Who is the highest paid Atlanta United player? Who is the lowest paid Atlanta United Player? Here is a summary of the 2022 Atlanta United player salaries. 

Wage transparency is a key goal of the MLS Players Association, and their annual report makes salary data for every MLS team and player public. The 2022 MLS Player Salary Guide, published earlier this month, offers us a complete summary of the highest and lowest paid players for each team. 

Josef Martinez earns a base salary of $3.75 million, with $4.14 million guaranteed, the largest of any 2022 Atlanta United player salaries. After a 2018 season in which Martinez won the MLS Golden Boot and was named the league MVP, leading Atlanta United to an MLS Cup in the process, the Venezuelan signed a five-year contract extension which placed him among the league’s highest earners.

Four players share the lowest 2022 Atlanta United player salaries. Bryce Washington, Efrain Morales, Justin Garces, and Chol Machop each earn the Reserve Minimum Salary of $65,500. According to MLS roster rules, players earning the Reserve Minimum Salary must be under the age of 24. These spots are typically reserved for homegrown or Generation Adidas players hoping to make their first-team breakthrough. 

Atlanta United Player Salaries 2022

Here are Atlanta United’s senior players, ranked by guaranteed salary 

Josef

Martínez

$4,141,667.00

Luiz

Araújo

$3,941,667.00

Thiago

Almada

$2,332,000.00

Ezequiel

Barco

$2,200,000.00

Miles

Robinson

$737,500.00

Alan

Franco

$667,500.00

Matheus

Rossetto

$662,500.00

Emerson

Hyndman

$657,143.00

Santiago

Sosa

$643,100.00

Erik

López Samaniego

$528,300.00

Franco

Ibarra

$520,000.00

Brooks

Lennon

$500,000.00

Marcelino

Moreno

$460,000.00

Brad

Guzan

$458,216.00

Jake

Mulraney

$338,777.00

Andrew

Gutman

$331,250.00

Ronald

Hernández

$300,000.00

Ronaldo

Cisneros

$244,000.00

Bobby

Shuttleworth

$125,000.00

Tyler

Wolff

$114,500.00

George

Campbell

$98,000.00

Mikey

Ambrose

$85,444.00

Dylan

Castanheira

$85,444.00

Alex

De John

$85,444.00

Amar

Sejdić

$85,444.00

Osvaldo

Alonso

$84,000.00

Jackson

Conway

$84,000.00

Dom

Dwyer

$84,000.00

Erik

Centeno

$75,276.00

Caleb

Wiley

$67,100.00

Machop

Chol

$65,500.00

Justin

Garces

$65,500.00

Efrain

Morales

$65,500.00

Bryce

Washington

$65,500.00

While the top of Atlanta United’s wage book may be chock-full of well-paid stars, the high 2022 Atlanta United Player salaries haven't improved the club's fortunes as of late. After crashing out of the playoffs last year, Atlanta United currently sits one position out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. In 2018, the year Atlanta won the MLS Cup, Atlanta United’s total payroll was only $11.6 million. That year, the team with the highest salary, Toronto FC, paid its players a total of $26.6 million. At least in American soccer, success may not be all about the money.