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Saturday, May 25, 2024

The 25 Highest-Paid WNBA Players

  • Jackie Young is the highest-paid WNBA player.
  • Two Mercury stars occupy spots in the top five.
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Equal pay in sports has been a prominent conversation for some time, particularly when comparing the disparities between the salaries of NBA and WNBA players. Despite the growing popularity and success of the WNBA, the salary gap between NBA and WNBA players remains significant.

Las Vegas Aces two-time WNBA champion Jackie Young, leads the charge as the highest-paid WNBA player. Young earns $252,450 annually after signing a two-year, $504,900 contract extension with the Aces.

Following Young in the second spot is Seattle Storm star, Jewell Loyd, making $245,508 per year. Trailing Loyd is Kahleah Copper making $245,059. Copper signed a two-year, $490,118 contract with the Chicago Sky before being traded to the Mercury.

Holding the fourth spot is Wings young star Arike Ogunbowale making $241,984 annually. Capping off the top five is WNBA Veteran Diana Taurasi, making $234,936 per year.

After a historic collegiate career at Iowa, Caitlin Clark is set to make $76,000 to start her career. This figure would establish her as the 96th highest-paid WNBA player.

The Top Earners

Here is the full list of the 25 highest-paid WNBA point guards by average salary. The list was compiled using data from Spotrac.

  • Updated: May 14, 2024
  • Will be updated again: August 2024
RankPlayerTeamCompensation
1Jackie YoungLas Vegas Aces$252,450
2 Jewell LoydSeattle Storm$245,508
3 Kahleah CopperPhoenix Mercury$245,059
4Arike OgunbowaleDallas Wings$241,984
5 Diana TaurasiPhoenix Mercury$234,936
6Natasha HowardDallas Wings$224,675
7 Erica WheelerIndiana Fever$222,154
8Brionna JonesConnecticut Sun$212,000
9Skylar Diggins-SmithSeattle Storm$211,343
10 Alyssa ThomasConnecticut Sun$209,000
11Marina MabreyChicago Sky$206,667
12 Kayla McBrideMinnesota Lynx$206,500
13Kelsey MitchellIndiana Fever$206,000
14Sabrina IonescuNew York Liberty$205,030
15Breanna StewartNew York Liberty$205,000
16Nneka OgwumikeSeattle Storm$204,500
T-17A’ja WilsonLas Vegas Aces$200,000
T-17DeWanna BonnerConnecticut Sun$200,000
T-17Kelsey PlumLas Vegas Aces$200,000
T-17Natasha CloudPhoenix Mercury$200,000
T-17Ariel AtkinsWashington Mystics$200,000
22Chelsea GrayLas Vegas Aces$196,267
23Teaira McCowanDallas Wings$195,700
24Satou SaballyDallas Wings$195,000
T-25Azura StevensLos Angeles Sparks$192,500
T-25Jonquel JonesNew York Liberty$192,500
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