Caitlin Clark’s 2024 WNBA Salary Can’t Even Afford Her Most Expensive Basketball Card

Caitlin Clark will soon be taking the WNBA by storm after the Indiana Fever took the former Iowa Hawkeyes superstar No. 1 overall during Monday night’s draft. Fever and basketball fans are excited to see Clark continue her already legendary career in the professional ranks. However, many were surprised to see what Clark will be making during her rookie contract. Clark’s first-year pay is so low that she wouldn’t even be able to afford her most expensive basketball card of all-time.

According to spotrac.com, Clark will make $76,535 in her first year of her four-year, $338,056 deal. Clark’s 2024 salary wouldn’t even be able to cover the $78,000 her 2022 Bowman University Superfractor 1/1 Autograph card sold for during a PWCC Marketplace auction this past January.

Clark’s contract broken down yearly looks like:

  • $76,535 in 2024
  • $78,066 in 2025
  • $85,873 in 2026
  • $97,582 in 2027 (option)

Clark’s lack of pay in the WNBA has shocked many.

“When I saw the number, $76,000 in the first year and $78,000 in the second year, and $85,000 in the third year, for somebody who is now the face of women’s basketball, it seemed kind of ridiculous,” says TODAY host Hoda Kotb. “A guy who is in the NBA, first year, they can get $10 million.”

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson also weighed in on the matter.

“These ladies deserve so much more… Praying for the day,” Wilson posted on X (formerly Twitter).

Clark’s first Fever rookie card will soon be coming from Panini. She signed an exclusive multi-year deal with the collectibles company shortly before her college career ended at Iowa.

Sportico reports Clark will make more than $1 million in the first year of the deal. However, future payments will be based on the amount of product Panini creates.

“Caitlin is a generational talent, and it is natural that she should be our first multi-year exclusive female athlete,” says Jason Howarth, senior vice president of marketing and athlete relations at Panini, in a media release. “We’ll have a range of products and memorabilia featuring Caitlin that we believe fans will love.”

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