WNBA Salaries for the 2012 Season
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WNBA Salaries for the 2012 Season

This article will tell you how much WNBA players will make in salaries in the 2012 season. The WNBA teams and players operate under a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that lasts through the 2013 season. Minimum and maximum salaries for players are clearly spelled out in the CBA, as are bonuses players can earn.

This is how much money WNBA players can earn by playing in the WNBA in the 2012 season according to the collective bargaining agreement. Players earn salaries and can earn additional bonus money playing in the WNBA. The WNBA season is only four months long, so the money earned is from part-time salaries.

Players can also earn endorsement money outside of their salaries that is not part of the CBA. Most WNBA players also play in other professional basketball leagues around the world to earn additional money, often being paid more than they get to play in the WNBA. 

  • WNBA Salaries for the 2012 Season

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Maximum Amount a WNBA Player Can Make in Salary in 2012

In order to make the maximum salary allowed under the collective bargaining agreement in the WNBA in 2012 a player must have six years of service in the league. The maximum salary for a six year plus veteran is $105,500. 

For all other players, those with less than six years years of service in the WNBA, the maximum amount a player can earn is $103,000. 

Minimum Amount a WNBA Player Can Make in 2012

The minimum amount a WNBA player with no years of service in the league must be paid in 2012 is $37,260. Players with one year of service must be paid a minimum of $38,005.

Players in the WNBA are paid according to where they were taken in the WNBA Draft for at least the first four years. Players taken with the first four picks in the WNBA must be paid a minimum of $47,589 in their rookie year, $48,451 in the second year, $53,595 in the third year and $60,676 in the fourth year.

Players drafted from fifth through eighth in the first round must be paid at least $44,020 in the first year, $44,900 in the second year, $49,390 in the third year and $56,125 in the fourth year.

Remaining players taken in the first round of the WNBA Draft must be paid $39,261 as rookies, $40,046 in the second year, $44,051 in the third year and $50,058 in the fourth year.

Players taken in the second and third rounds, along with free agents not drafted that make teams, are paid a sliding scale that is lower than those listed above. 

Additional Bonus Money WNBA Players Can Earn

In addition to their salaries, players in the WNBA can earn bonuses based upon how far their teams go in the playoffs, for winning various awards, for making the WNBA first and second teams and for playing in the WNBA All-Star Game.

  • Playoff Money

WNBA players can earn bonus money ranging from $10,500 for each player on the team that wins the WNBA Championship, to $5,250 for making it to the WNBA Finals and losing, to $2,625 for making the second round of the playoffs, and $1,050 for making the playoffs. The money is not cumulative, players only get the total listed for each round of the playoffs they advance to.

  • Bonus Award Money

The player winning the WNBA MVP Award gets a $15,000 bonus. Players winning the Defensive Player of the Year, Sportsmanship, Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Player of the Year Awards each get a $5,000 bonus. In the case of co-winners of an award, both players will be awarded the full bonuses for each award.

  • Being Voted to the All-WNBA Teams

Players voted to the All-WNBA First Team each receive a $10,000 bonus. Players voted to the All-WNBA Second Team each get a $5,000 bonus.

  • Playing in the All-Star Game

Players who play in the WNBA All-Star Game each get a $2,500 bonus.

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Comments (5)

I thought they could have earned more, so a bit surprised, thanks for the post Joe.

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They used to be able to earn more Peter, but the WNBA was going broke so they imposed a strict salary cap to stay in business.

I thought they would have earned a more competitive salary like the male players. I hear that the WNBA is a rising sport to watch nationally.

I would think that the ability to earn bonuses is a great incentive!

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