NBA Rookie Pay Scale: How Much They Make Depending on Draft Position

How does the rookie pay scale work and just how much does draft position impact it?
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Being selected in the NBA draft is a great moment for any basketball player, but the difference between going No. 1 compared to No. 5 means a lot more financially than one might immediately assume.

Depending where players are selected, they will have a different scale to work off when negotiating their contract. The way it works is all first-round picks have a set amount for how much they can make each season, but they are able to negotiate up to 120% of that amount, or end up with as little as 80% of that amount.

So, for No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns, the rookie scale is set at $6,746,400 for his first year, meaning Ayton can make as much $8,095,680 or as little as $5,397,120.

The scale for No. 2 pick Marvin Bagley III and the Kings will start at $6,036,200. For No. 3 pick Luka Doncic, his scale for his first year will start at $5,420,500, while No. 4 pick Jaren Jackson Jr.'s scale starts at $4,887,200 and No. 5 selection Trae Young's scale opens at $4,425,600.

Check out the entire scale for the first-year of each contract for all 30 first-round picks below.

Selection

Scale

120%

80%

No. 1

$6,746,400

$8,095,680

$5,397,120

No. 2

$6,036,200

$7,243,440

$4,828,960

No. 3

$5,420,500

$6,504,600

$4,336,400

No. 4

$4,887,200

$5,864,640

$3,909,760

No. 5

$4,425,600

$5,310,720

$3,540,480

No. 6

$4,019,600

$4,823,520

$3,215,680

No. 7

$3,669,400

$4,403,280

$2,935,520

No. 8

$3,361,500

$4,033,800

$2,689,200

No. 9

$3,090,100

$3,708,120

$2,472,080

No. 10

$2,935,400

$3,522,480

$2,348,320

No. 11

$2,788,800

$3,346,560

$2,231,040

No. 12

$2,649,400

$3,179,280

$2,119,520

No. 13

$2,516,900

$3,020,280

$2,013,520

No. 14

$2,391,100

$2,869,320

$1,912,880

No. 15

$2,271,400

$2,725,680

$1,817,120

No. 16

$2,157,900

$2,589,480

$1,726,320

No. 17

$2,050,000

$2,460,000

$1,640,000

No. 18

$1,947,500

$2,337,000

$1,558,000

No. 19

$1,859,800

$2,231,760

$1,487,840

No. 20

$1,785,300

$2,142,360

$1,428,240

No. 21

$1,713,900

$2,056,680

$1,371,120

No. 22

$1,645,400

$1,974,480

$1,316,320

No. 23

$1,579,600

$1,895,520

$1,263,680

No. 24

$1,516,500

$1,819,800

$1,213,200

No. 25

$1,455,700

$1,746,840

$1,164,560

No. 26

$1,407,500

$1,689,000

$1,126,000

No. 27

$1,367,000

$1,640,400

$1,093,600

No. 28

$1,358,500

$1,630,200

$1,086,800

No. 29

$1,348,600

$1,618,320

$1,078,880

No. 30

$1,338,900

$1,606,680

$1,071,120

You can find out more about potential pay for rookie contracts here.