The WNBA may be a league on the rise, but its players’ pay is low.
As we dive into the salaries of WNBA players, however, the difference is stark. In 2020, the league’s latest collective bargaining agreement bumped the maximum salary for the highest-paid players from $117,500 to $215,000.
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Here’s everything you need to know about salaries in the WNBA (all numbers via Spotrac):
Who is the highest-paid player in the WNBA?
In terms of base salaries, three athletes are tied for the highest-paid player in the WNBA: Seattle Storm stars Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart and Phoenix Mercury icon Diana Taurasi. Each had a salary of $228,094 for this season.
Here’s a look at the top 10:
T-1: Jewell Loyd, $228,094
T-1: Breanna Stewart, $228,094
T-1: Diana Taurasi, $228,094
T-4: Elena Delle Donne, $227,900
T-4: Skylar Diggins-Smith, $227,900
T-4: Brittney Griner, $227,900
T-4: DeWanna Bonner, $227,900
8. Natasha Howard, $221,450
9. Tiffany Hayes, $215,000
10. Chelsea Gray, $206,267
Who is the lowest-paid player in the WNBA?
The lowest-paid player in the WNBA is Mercury’s Kaela Davis. The 27-year-old has the 151st-ranked salary in the league at $1,607. Eight players, including Davis, have salaries less than $10,000.
What is the league average of salaries in the WNBA?
As of 2022, the league average of salaries in the WNBA is $102,751 among 151 athletes.
How much do WNBA rookies make?
How much a WNBA rookies makes depends on where she was drafted. According to Her Hoop Stats, here’s a breakdown of how much rookies drafted in 2022 made this season:
- Picks 1-4: $72,141
- Picks 5-8: $69,224
- Picks 9-12: $66,306
- Second round: $63,389
- Third round and undrafted: $60,471
According to Spotrac, Rhyne Howard, NaLyssa Smith, Shakira Austin and Emily Engstler, the top four picks in 2022, all have salaries of $72,141. Basketball icon Sue Bird, who plays for the Storm in what is her last season before retiring, is making the same amount as that’s also the league’s veteran minimum salary.