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The Highest-Paid WNBA Shooting Guards

Aug 5, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) dribbles against the Phoenix Mercury during the second half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 5, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) dribbles against the Phoenix Mercury during the second half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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Three players are tied as the highest-paid WNBA shooting guards at $241.9K. Arike Ogunbowale of the Wing, Kahleah Copper of the Mercury, and Jewell Loyd of the Storm take the top spot.

Ogunbowale signed a 3-year extension worth $725.9K with Dallas in 2022. She was their fifth overall pick in the 2019 draft. She’s second in the league in scoring this season at 31 points per game.

Copper signed a 2-year, $490K contract extension with Chicago in 2023. She was traded this February to Phoenix for two players and two first and second-round picks. Copper won 2021 Finals MVP as she led the Sky to their first WNBA title.

Jewell Loyd signed a contract extension worth $491K with Seattle at the end of the 2023 season. She’s earned $821.5K over her eight-year career. Loyd is a five-time All-Star who won the 2023 All-Star game MVP.

Coming in fourth is the Mercury’s Diana Taurasi, who makes $234.9K annually in Phoenix. Taurasi has spent her entire 20-year career with the Mercury. She’s earned $1.15 million in her time there and won three WNBA titles.

Rounding out the top five is Kelsey Mitchell, earning $212K. Mitchell signed a 3-year, $618K contract extension in 2021. She was drafted second overall in the 2018 draft and earned $58K annually on her rookie deal.

The Mercury lead all teams with four shooting guards featured among the league’s highest-paid.

Sophie Cunningham, ranked 17th on the list, earns $87.4K less than her Phoenix teammate Kahleah Copper at number one.

Ranking The Highest-Paid Shooting Guards in the WNBA

Here is the entire list of the highest-paid WNBA shooting guards. The list was compiled with data from Spotrac.

  • Updated: June 12, 2024
RankPlayerTeamTotal Compensation
T-1Arike OgunbowaleDallas Wing$241.9K
T-1Kahleah CopperPhoenix Mercury$241.9K
T-1Jewell LoydSeattle Storm$241.9K
4Diana TaurasiPhoenix Mercury$234.9K
5Kelsey MitchellIndiana Fever$212K
T-6Kayla McBrideMinnesota Lynx$208K
T-6Marina MabreyChicago Sky$208K
T-8Ariel AtkinsWashington Mystics$200K
T-8Kelsey PlumLas Vegas Aces$200K
10Brittney SykesWashington Mystics$190K
11Allisha GrayAtlanta Dream$185K
12Betnijah LaneyNew York Liberty$180K
T-13Courtney WilliamsMinnesota Lynx$175K
T-13Katie Lou SamuelsonIndiana Fever$175K
15Jackie YoungLas Vegas Aces$169.95K
16Rebecca AllenPhoenix Mercury$160K
17Sophie CunninghamPhoenix Mercury$154.5K
18Kia NurseLos Angeles Sparks$142.5K
19Sami WhitcombSeattle Storm$140K
20Tiffany MitchellConneticut Sun$139.05K

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