How Much Money Do WNBA Players Make?
As of 2014, the average salary of WNBA players stands at $72,000 per year, with the league minimum at $37,950 and the top salary at $107,000 for players who have been in the league for six years or more. On average, WNBA teams pay a total of approximately $10.4 million to 144 players. BuzzFeed points out that 52 NBA players make more than the entire WNBA combined.
Britney Griner, one of the best players in the WNBA, made $49,440 in 2013. This contrasts sharply with the over $600,000 she made playing just one season with the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA).
In 2012, Tina Charles made that year’s league maximum of $105,000 as the MVP. In that same year, the league minimum was $35,000, according to Black Enterprise, while players with three or more years in the league made $51,000 annually. Bonuses in 2012 included an extra $10,500 per player for the WNBA champion team, $15,000 for the league’s MVP, $5,000 for the Rookie of the Year and $2,500 for All-Star players.
While the WNBA league maximum has been slowly increasing, it still comes nowhere close to matching what NBA players earn. In 2010, WNBA players made a maximum of $101,000 per year, yet the average salary for NBA players was $5 million that same year, according to Investopedia. In part this is due to the age of the organization – the WNBA being only 18 years old versus the NBA which has been around for 50 years longer, but also that women’s sports tend to be less popular, which leads to a wage disparity.