The highest paid WNBA players might surprise you. We all know there’s a gargantuan salary gap between NBA and WNBA team players. But it’s less clear how our women stack up against each other. However, this is important knowledge, especially amongst players.
In order to be fairly compensated, you need to know what to ask for. And while agents negotiate on players’ behalves, knowing your own worth ensures you get more of the type of monetary gain you deserve. That’s why, for office professionals for example, sites that provide pay transparency like Glassdoor have been so clutch in addressing pay gaps. Basically, knowledge is power!
The highest paid WNBA players in 2023 are the hooper making the $234,936 supermax salary which include Arike Ogunbowale, Diana Taurasi, and Jewell Loyd. While some vets, such as Candace Parker and Breanna Stewart, have taken less pay to be on stacked super teams, supermax player Diana remarked, “I’m not one to take less money. I don’t know about you guys,” during a press conference.
The highest paid WNBA players are certainly not paid enough. And they might feel threatened to share their salary information with peers who they feel they are competing for dollars with. But the reality is, the more brands that pump money into women’s sports, the more the sport is going to thrive.
So helping everyone win higher paid overseas contracts and endorsements is actually lucrative for everyone in the long run. As they say, a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
In fact, Deloitte predicts elite women’s sport revenues could top almost a billion dollars. “Women’s sports events have demonstrated their mass-market appeal, and thus monetary potential, on multiple occasions…In sports where men’s and women’s games have relatively equal marketing support, their commercial impact has been roughly equivalent.” And we’d like to see as much of that money as possible go into our players’ pockets.
Up next, learn more about the WNBA salary, with the lowest paid WNBA players.