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The Highest-Paid WNBA Small Forwards

  • DeWanna Bonner earns $200K with the Sun to lead as the highest-paid WNBA small forward.
  • Only eight of the 25 highest-paid small forwards earn at least $100K annually.
May 14, 2024; Uncasville, Connecticut, USA; Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) signals to the crowd as they take on the Indiana Fever in the second half at Mohegan Sun Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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Small forwards tend to be some of the most versatile members of WNBA rosters, and the highest-paid small forwards earn well over $150K annually.

DeWanna Bonner earns $200K with the Sun to lead as the highest-paid WNBA small forward. Bonner signed a 1-year deal in February with Connecticut after spending most of her career in Phoenix. 

She’s the only small forward in the league to earn at least $200K. Bonner is also the only small forward to have earned over $1 million in her career.

Second on the list is Myisha Hines-Allen at $180.2K. She signed a 3-year deal worth $525.3K in 2022 to play for the Mystics. Hines-Allen won the 2019 WNBA title with Washington.

Isabelle Harrison makes $160K with the Sky, coming in at third on the list. She’s earned $723K with four teams in her 6-year career. Harrison signed a 3-year deal with Chicago in 2023 for $320K.

Fourth on the list is Aerial Powers of the Dream. She had been playing for the Lynx before the switch to Atlanta in February. She’s second in career earnings to DeWanna Bonner at $781K in seven years. 

Coming in fifth is Harrison’s Dream teammate, Nia Coffey. She makes $150K leading Atlanta’s frontcourt. Coffey secured a $60K raise in salary from her previous contract with the Sparks.

Only eight of the 25 highest-paid small forwards earn at least $100K annually. 

The Sparks lead all teams with four players featured among the highest-paid small forwards. The Dream, the Sky, and the Liberty all have three small forwards making the list.

Ranking The Highest-Paid Small Forwards in The WNBA

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

  • Updated: June 18, 2024
RankPlayerTeamTotal Compensation
1DeWanna BonnerConnecticut Sun$200K
2Myisha Hines-AllenWashington Mystics$180.2K
3Isabelle HarrisonChicago Sky$160K
4Aerial PowersAtlanta Dream$155K
5Nia CoffeyAtlanta Dream$150K
6Rae BurrellLos Angeles Sparks$125K
7Stephanie TalbotLos Angeles Sparks$115K
T-8Alysha ClarkLas Vegas Aces$110K
T-8Kayla ThorntonNew York Liberty$110K
10Michaela OnyenwereChicago Sky$85.69K
11NaLyssa SmithIndiana Fever$80.94K
T-12Cameron BrinkLos Angeles Sparks$76.53K
T-12Emma CannonLas Vegas Aces$76.53K
T-12Rickea JacksonLos Angeles Sparks$76.53K
15Maddy SiegristDallas Wing$75.79K
T-16Aaliyah EdwardsWashington Mystics$73.4K
T-16Alissa PiliMinnesota Lynx$73.4K
T-16Angel ReeseChicago Sky$73.4K
19Nyara SaballyNew York Liberty$72.K
20Jordan HorstonSeattle Storm$69.7K
21Leonie FiebichNew York Liberty$67.2K
T-22Cecilia ZandalasiniMinnesota Lynx$64.2K
T-22Emily EngstlerWashington Mystics$64.2K
T-22Lorela CubajAtlanta Dream$64.2K
T-22Mikiah Herbert HarriganPhoenix Mercury$64.2K

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