Caitlin Clark set to make $338K in WNBA. How much do No. 1 picks in other sports make?

A lot of eyes will be on Indiana Fever rookie guard Caitlin Clark this season as she makes her professional debut in the WNBA next month.

In the meantime, other aspects of Clark's life have been picked apart, mainly how much money she will make on and off the court as the No. 1 overall selection in the WNBA draft.

While her endorsements, such as Nike, State Farm, Gatorade, Xfinity, and Panini, will net her millions of dollars, her WNBA salary will be a fraction of that because of the terms set in the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement. Clark will be making a total of $338,056 in pay base in her first four years in the league, which includes a fourth-year option and is based on a rookie base salary structure.

In reality, Clark will make well above that this season in on-the-court earnings, which includes money from player marketing agreements with league and team deals.

“Caitlin Clark stands to make a half million dollars or more in WNBA earnings this coming season, in addition to what she will receive through endorsements and other partnerships, which has been reported to already exceed $3 million," a WNBA spokesperson told USA TODAY Sports.

Clark's base pay compensation is dependent on her league's earnings. For example, the NBA will bring in close to $13 billion in revenue this season, while the WNBA brings in around $200 million.

Television dollars also factor in earnings. The NBA's television deal is worth $2.8 billion, while the WNBA's deal is $65 million.

Indiana Fever player Caitlin Clark, former Iowa Hawkeye standout and the No. 1 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft, speaks during an introductory press conference.
Indiana Fever player Caitlin Clark, former Iowa Hawkeye standout and the No. 1 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft, speaks during an introductory press conference.

Here is how much compensation other No. 1 overall picks in other sports earned during their rookie campaign:

Victor Wembanyama, San Antonio Spurs

Wembanyama signed a four-year, $55.17 million deal after being taken No. 1 overall in the 2023 NBA draft. Wembanyama made $12.2 million during his rookie season and is the odds-on favorite to win Rookie of the Year after averaging 21.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, and a league-leading 3.6 blocks per game

Bryce Young, Carolina Panthers

The Panthers took Young, the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner, as the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL draft. He signed a four-year deal worth $38 million and got $24.6 million immediately after he signed his contract. Young had a rough rookie season, going 2–14 as a starter and throwing for 2,877 yards with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Jackson Holliday, Baltimore Orioles

Because 2023 No. 1 pick Paul Skenes has not made his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Holliday will be the focus here, as the 2022's top selection was recently called up by the Orioles. He signed a $8.19 million signing bonus after he was drafted and will make $740,000 as a rookie this season. Holliday went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his MLB debut on April 10 and has one hit in his first 25 at-bats.

Connor Bedard, Chicago Blackhawks

The No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL draft signed a three-year, $13.35 million deal with the Blackhawks and made $855,000 in base salary his rookie season. The 18-year-old Bedard had 22 goals and 39 assists this season for Chicago.

Ally Sentnor, Utah Royals

While the National Women's Soccer League increased its salary cap to $2.75 million in 2024, some of the top players are starting to receive a share of the pie.

Racheal Kundananji signed with Bay FC on a four-year, $2 million contract extension, while the Chicago Red Stars reportedly signed striker Mallory Swanson to a four-year, $2 million contract with a fifth-year option, and Houston Dash signed forward María Sánchez to a three-year, $1.5 million contract with an option for 2027.

Sentnor, the No. 1 pick by the Royals, signed a three-year deal with the team, and financial terms were not disclosed.

Taylor Heise, PWHL Minnesota

The Minnesota franchise selected Heise as its No. 1 pick in the Professional Women's Hockey League.

Her salary was not disclosed, but according to the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement, three players on each team's roster must make at least $80,000 a year, and the bottom nine players must make at least $35,000. The compensation also features a monthly $1,500 housing stipend and money for relocation costs.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Caitlin Clark contract: Salaries of No. 1 draft picks in other sports