Played by over 20 million people in more than 140 countries, Football is the most popular sport in the world. You’ve probably heard names like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Kylian Mbappé, but what do they all have in common besides being star Football players? They have all learned from great coaches. Just like players, coaches at each level of Football have different ranges of salaries. Keep reading to learn about how much money a Football coach makes at the youth, college, and professional levels.
The average annual salary for a youth Football coach in the U.S. is $43,170 ($20.75/hr), while the average entry-level salary is $25,000 a year. The average yearly salary for a youth Football coach in every state ranges widely from $23,360 ($11.23/hr) in Wyoming all the way up to $67,358 ($32.38/hr) in Massachusetts, almost three times as much. The highest-paying city for a youth Football coach in the U.S. is Boston, where the average salary is $67,149 a year. While this number is below the average salary in all of Massachusetts, it likely does not include the salaries in the suburbs of Boston, where there is much more space for youth Football to be played.
The average salary for a college Football coach in the U.S. is $45,473 a year. This includes the NCAA Divisions I-III, as well as the NAIA and NJCAA. The higher the level of the program, the more money the coach will make. For example, the head coaches at the most successful ACC, Big Ten, or Big East programs can make from $100,000 to $200,000 per season, depending on their longevity with the team, the success they’ve had, and the level of recognition the school receives. In general, the head coach will make the most money, but that comes with the highest level of responsibility and being the first one to receive harsh criticism when things don’t go as planned.
The average annual salary for a professional Football coach in the U.S. is $46,830 ($22.51/hr). Salaries can range anywhere from $17,000-$105,000, but the majority of coaches make between $30,000 and $52,000 a year. The 90th percentile makes $87,000 a year, and the average pay range varies by as much as $22,000, meaning it very much depends on a coach’s skill level, location, and years of experience.
Coach salaries tend to be much higher for national teams. For example, the salaries for the coaches of the teams in the 2022 FIFA World Cup ranged from $350,000-$3.85 million per year. Gregg Berhalter, the head coach of the U.S. men’s national team, made $1,641,398 for the 2021-2022 season, which included $300,000 in bonuses.