Monday, March 4, 2019

Most Money One Woman Player Can Earn in WNBA in 2019

Have you ever wondered what the most amount of money one woman basketball player can earn in one season in the WNBA? If you have, here is the answer to that question for the 2019 WNBA season.


The total amount of money includes salary and bonus money the player can earn plus the meal money stipend each woman player in the league gets for the season. All figures below are from the current CBA that is in effect for the 2019 season.

While it is highly unlikely one woman would earn all the bonus money listed below it is possible. The money below does not include any endorsement money a player could also earn on the side.


Most Money One Woman Player Can Earn in WNBA in 2019


  • $228,625


The maximum amount of money one woman basketball player can earn in the WNBA for the 2019 season is $228,625. Here is how we arrive at that figure adding up all the ways a woman WNBA basketball player can earn money in 2019 on the court.


  • Max Salary - $117,500

The most money a woman player can earn in the WNBA in 2019 just from salary is $117,500. That is for players with 5 or more years of service.


  • Time-Off Bonus Money - $55,000

WNBA teams can award up to $55,000 in time-off bonus money in 2019 to try and limit their players from playing overseas. The whole amount can be paid for one player or split among multiple players. In this case one woman (our star player) gets the entire $55,000.


  • WNBA MVP - $15,000

The MVP of the WNBA gets a $15,000 bonus paid by the league. Our star is MVP.


  • Bonus for Winning WNBA Championship - $11,025

Each player on the team that wins the 2019 WNBA Championship gets a $11,025 bonus paid by the league. So our one woman star would be on the team that wins the WNBA Championship.


  • WNBA First-Team Bonus - $10,000

All five women selected for the all WNBA First-Team get a $5,000 bonus paid by the league. Our star would obviously be selected.


  • Defensive Player of the Year - $5,000

The defensive player of the year in the WNBA gets a $5,000 bonus paid by the league. Again, our star would be the defensive player of the year.


  • Sportsmanship Bonus - $5,000

The WNBA woman who wins the Sportsmanship Award gets a $5,000 bonus paid by the league. Our star gets the award.


  • Most Improved Player - $5,000

The most improved players also gets a $5,000 bonus paid by the league. While it's unlikely the WNBA MVP would also be the most improved it is possible.


  • Meal Money Stipend - $2,600

All WNBA players get an away meal money bonus of $80 per day which works out to about $2,600 for the season.


  • All-Star Game Bonus - $2,500

All women selected for the WNBA all-star game get a $2,500 bonus paid by the league.


Add all that up and we arrive at a figure of $228,625. Keep in mind that is the absolute max one woman player could earn in the WNBA in 2019. 

All other players, including the best women players in the league, will earn nothing close to $228,635. See the link below for more.

The WNBA players have already opted-out of the current CBA and will negotiate a new CBA after the 2019 season. So the numbers above are for the 2019 season only. It will be very interesting to see how the new CBA plays out.

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