When people think about sports stars, they think about having wealth, fame, and anything they want. However, this isn’t always the case. For example, the majority of professional athletes earn significantly less then the top earners out there. While one or two people may be bringing home millions of dollars in their contracts, the majority of professional athletes make due with much less.
So, where foes Candace Parker fall on the salary hump? Is she above the average, at the average, or below? The answer may surprise you.
Playing in the United States, the average WNBA salaries can range from just over $35,000 to just under $105,000 a year. Given Candace’s incredible record, you would expect that she earns somewhere near the top of that range. The truth is, she earns much more then $105,000, but for reasons you wouldn’t expect.
Born on April 19th, 1986, Candace made a name for herself early on by being the first woman to dunk during an NCAA tournament. She managed to outdo herself after this by being the first woman to dunk two times during a college game. With so much potential, everyone expected Candace to do well.
Candace Parker managed to earn $1.2 million dollars a year. The trick is that she is earning this money outside of the United States. Candace Parker plays for the Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg as their star player. Known in Russia as well as she is in the United States, Candace Parker has moved to a market that not only realizes her talent, buy pays her what she deserves. If she were in the United States still playing for the Los Angeles Sparks, she would be earning much less.
In addition to earning a hefty $1.2 million dollars abroad, Candace also earns around $3 million dollars a year in endorsements. These endorsements can provide her with even more money in the future. As a result of all of these factors, Candace makes more then even the best-paid male basketball players. In addition, she is the highest earning WNBA player currently.
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