WNBA salary: who are the highest paid players and what is the average WNBA salary?

WNBA salary: who are the highest paid players and what is the average WNBA salary?

So many changes have recently engulfed The Women’s National Basketball Association. WNBA commenced operation in 1996 and today is home to several talented and professional women players. So, how much is the WNBA salary and who is the highest WNBA player?

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Despite a difference in pay between WNBA and NBA players, the female players are striving to rise in the game. This is after a new collective bargaining agreement was signed in January 2020 that called for an increase in their pay. So, what is the highest WNBA salary?

What is the average WNBA salary?

To answer the query of how much WNBA players make, this article will shed light on the average salary of a WNBA player. The average WNBA salary is estimated to be about $221 450. This is what most professional earn, including Liz Cambage, Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, DeWanna Bonner, Sue Bird, and Skylar Diggins-Smith.

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Who is the highest WNBA player?

The WNBA player salary recently increased, so the highest paid players are bound to surprise you. However, there is still a huge salary gap between NBA and Women's National Basketball Association team players. The highest WNBA players are those with super maximum contracts. Here is a glimpse.

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1. Diana Taurasi - $221, 450

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Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury walks up court during the first half in Game Two of the 2021 WNBA Finals against the Chicago Sky at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo:Christian Petersen
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Ms Taurasi plays for the Phoenix Mercury and is regarded as a legend. She has been in this career for 16 years, and she is still turning heads. She has broken several records and won various accolades, including being a 3-time WNBA champion.

2. Sue Bird - $221, 450

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Guard Sue Bird #10 of the Seattle Storm reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center on September 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo:Meg Oliphant
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Sue previously played for Seattle Storm until 2020, when she resigned and entered into a supermax contract. She has bagged four Women's National Basketball Association titles throughout her career. At 40 years of age, she is still dazzling her fans worldwide with her skilful moves.

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3. Elena Delle Donne- $221, 450

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Elena Delle Donne #11 of the Washington Mystics smiles before the game against the Atlanta Dream on June 17, 2021 at Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington, DC. Photo:Ned Dishman
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Elena plays for Washington Mystics. She has been consistent in the league for about seven years. However, in the 2020 season, she failed to participate in the games due to her struggle with Lyme disease.

In 2015, she was named the MVP as she has an average of 23.4 points per game and 8.4 rebounds. She also earns from endorsement deals with Octagon, DuPont, and Nike.

4. Brittney Griner - $221, 450

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Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury poses for a photo at practice and media availability during the 2021 WNBA Finals at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Barry Gossage
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Britney plays for the Phoenix Mercury. The beauty is talented in dunking, which has made her remain valuable in the WNBA. She has been named a 6-time WNBA All-Star and a championship.

5. Skylar Diggins-Smith - $221,450

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Skylar Diggins #4 of the Phoenix Mercury reacts to a called foul during Game Four of the WNBA Finals against the Chicago Sky at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Stacy Revere
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The star plays for the Phoenix Mercury and has been named twice in the All-WNBA First Team and twice to the Second Team. In addition, she has bagged some huge endorsement deals with brands such as Roc Nation, Nike, and Sprint.

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6. DeWanna Bonner - $221,450

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DeWanna Bonner #24 of the Connecticut Sun looks on during the game against the Chicago Sky during Game 4 of the 2021 WNBA Semifinals at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Kena Krutsinger
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Ms Bonner plays for the Phoenix Mercury and has made a name for herself since 2009. She has been chosen in the All-Star team three times and claimed two championships while playing for the Phoenix Mercury. She also competes overseas; she recently played for Russia’s Dynamo Kursk.

7. Liz Cambage - $221,450

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Liz Cambage #8 of the Las Vegas Aces looks to pass against the Phoenix Mercury during Game Two of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs semifinals at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller
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Liz is a renowned Women's National Basketball Association player for the Las Vegas Aces. She is the current record-holder in the WNBA with a whopping 53 points to her name. She played in China in 2012 and engaged in overseas matches where she showcased her talents for the Australian Southside Flyers.

8. Courtney Vandersloot - $200,000

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Courtney Vandersloot #22 of the Chicago Sky reacts during the second half against the Phoenix Mercury at Footprint Center on October 10, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo:Mike Mattina
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Courtney plays for Chicago Sky. One of her achievements during her career was being the first player to score 300 assists in one season. She also bagged the Peak Performer Award four times.

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What is Candace Parker salary?

The WNBA star is believed to take home a salary of about $119,500. She has made a name for herself and has been named twice as the league MVP. The athlete also won a championship in 2013 with the Los Angeles Sparks.

What is Candace Parker salary?
Candace Parker (3) reacts after scoring a basket during game 3 of the WNBA finals between the Chicago Sky and the Phoenix Mercury at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Photo: Stacey Wescott
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Candace has also scooped lucrative endorsement deals worth 3 million dollars. For instance, she has signed contracts with Beats by Dre, Adidas, and Gatorade.

In 2020, during her 13th season, she was awarded the much-desired 2020 Defensive Player of the Year. This came with a bonus of $5,150 and $10,300 from being named to the 2020 All-WNBA First team.

With the new Collective Bargaining Agreement passed in 2020, players are now lucky to enjoy a 53 per cent increase in their WNBA salary. However, WNBA professional members will enjoy much more benefits over the years.

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