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The Highest Paid WNBA Players Of 2022

Who are the highest paid WNBA players in 2022? The women's basketball players who make the most money are typically the best players in the game. To get to the WNBA level, hoopers must train relentlessly, compete at the highest level, and win games. WNBA stars who earn the most money are true international superstars who live luxurious lives on and off the court. Who is the highest paid WNBA player in the world right now? Who are the richest women basketball players?

WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Breanna Stewart, and Jewell Loyd earn the most money in the WNBA, putting them among the highest paid athletes of all time. Phoenix Mercury teammates Skylar Diggins-Smith and Brittany Griner are not far behind on the richest woman basketball players list. As are the Washington Mystics small forward Elena Delle Donne and Connecticut Sun guard DeWanna Bonner.

Although WNBA salaries seem low compared to other athletes, WNBA players typically play basketball year round, spending the WNBA offseason touring Europe and doubling, or sometimes tripling, their salary.  WNBA stars also earn lucrative endorsement deals worth millions per year off the court. 

Check out all the highest paid WNBA players below, and come back when new WNBA stars sign new contracts to see how their salaries stack up!

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    2022 Salary: $228,094

    Diana Lorena Taurasi (born June 11, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. She was drafted by Phoenix first overall in the 2004 WNBA draft. Since the day she was drafted, Taurasi has won three WNBA championships (2007, 2009, 2014), one WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (2009), two WNBA Finals MVP Awards (2009, 2014), four Olympic gold medals, (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), five scoring titles (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004), and three FIBA World Cups (2010, 2014, 2018). She is one of only 11 women to attain all four accolades. She has also
    • Birthplace: Glendale, California
    • Team: Phoenix Mercury
    • Position: Point guard, Shooting guard
  • 2022 Salary: $228,094

    Breanna Mackenzie Stewart (née Baldwin; born August 27, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). In high school, Stewart was the National Gatorade Player of the Year, the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year, and a McDonald's All-American. She led the University of Connecticut (UConn) Huskies to four national championships, was named the Final Four's most outstanding player a record four times, and was a three-time consensus national player of the year. Stewart was the first overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft and was named the 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year. She was named the WNBA MVP in 2018 and was named
    • Birthplace: Syracuse, New York
    • Team: Seattle Storm
    • Position: Power forward
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    Jewell Loyd

    2022 Salary: $228,094

    Jewell Loyd (born October 5, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for Perfumerias Avenida of Spain's Liga Femenina de Baloncesto and the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted first overall in the 2015 WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm. She played college basketball at Notre Dame.
    • Birthplace: Lincolnwood, Illinois
    • Team: Seattle Storm
    • Position: Point guard
  • Photo: Lorie Shaull / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    2022 Salary: $227,900

    Elena Delle Donne (born September 5, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Delle Donne played a successful college basketball career for the Delaware Blue Hens from 2009 to 2013. She was drafted by the Chicago Sky with the 2nd overall pick of the 2013 WNBA Draft, and led the Sky to the 2014 WNBA Finals, only to get defeated by the Phoenix Mercury.
    • Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware
    • Team: Washington Mystics
    • Position: Small forward