Based upon the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the players and the WNBA that started in 2014 and runs to 2021 here is a list of the salaries for WNBA players for the 2016 season.
The salaries shown here are just for the WNBA. Many women basketball players who play in the WNBA also play overseas and the WNBA tried to address that in the new CBA by allowing each team to offer a total of up to $52,000 in 2016 to one or more of their players as an incentive to play less than 90 days of basketball overseas. The WNBA calls the $52,000 a time-off bonus, which can paid to just one player or the $52,000 can be split among many players but $52,000 is the limit for each team in 2016, and it’s design is to get players to stay in the WNBA and not play overseas.
WNBA players also get some other perks besides the salaries and bonuses listed below. Players with 5 or more years of service in the league get their own hotel rooms on the road (less than 5 years and players have to share a room). Each player regardless of time in the league gets two free tickets to each home and away game. Presumably the players can sell their tickets for extra cash. In 2016, each player also gets a meal allowance of $77 for each day they are on the road.
- Maximum amount of salary a WNBA player can earn in 2016
The maximum salary a player can earn in the WNBA for the 2016 season is $111,500. That is for players with at least six years of service. For players with less than six years of service the maximum salary is $109,000.
That is just for salary and does not include bonus money, meal money, time-off money or any other kind of income a player can earn like from endorsements.
- Minimum amount of salary a WNBA must be paid in 2016
The CBA also spells out minimum salaries for players in the WNBA. The minimum salary for a player in the WNBA in 2016 is $39,676. That is for players with 0-2 years of service. For players with 3+ years of service the minimum salary for 2016 is $55,550.
Bonus money WNBA players can earn in 2016
In addition to the salaries listed above, WNBA players can earn bonus money in 2016 based upon if their team makes the playoffs and how far they advance and for individual achievements like winning awards, making the all-star game and being named to all-WNBA teams. This bonus money is above and beyond the time-off bonus money players can earn listed above.
Team bonus money for playoffs and winning WNBA championship
Players whose teams make the WNBA playoffs can earn the following bonus money. The bonus money listed here is for each player on teams in the playoffs. The money is not cumulative, players only earn the amounts shown for the last round their teams advance to.
- WNBA champion – $11,025 (per player)
- Championship runner-up – $5,513
- Losing in the second round – $2,756
- Losing in the first round – $1,103
Individual bonus money WNBA players can earn in 2016
The bonus money here is for individual achievements. The player who is the league MVP is obviously also going to be a All-WNBA first team player and an all-star game participant and will get all three bonuses plus any of the other achievement bonuses too.
- MVP – $15,000
- All-WNBA first team – $10,000
- All-WNBA second team – $5,000
- Defensive player of the year – $5,000
- Rookie of the Year – $5,000
- Most Improved Player – $5,000
- Sportsmanship award – $5,000
- All-star game participant – $2,500