If you love soccer and enjoy training and coaching others, consider turning these interests into a career. Professional soccer coaches plan, organize and conduct practice sessions for soccer events for players all ages. They provide individual and team instruction, giving players feedback on their strengths and weaknesses to improve overall performance. In addition to basic coaching activities, professional soccer coaches frequently organize soccer events, skill improvement courses and tryouts. They keep abreast of changing rules and techniques, communicating these to their players.
The national average wage for a soccer coach as of 2013 is $31,156, according to the website Salary Expert. There is some variation in terms of what you'll make depending on where you live. Differences among 10 randomly selected cities are Pierre, S.D., $25,724; Miami, $25,981; Houston, $28,436; Augusta, Maine, $30,709; Walla Walla, Wash., $32,076; Baltimore, $32,291; Philadelphia, $31,799; Chicago, $32,297; New York, $35,304 and Washington, D.C., $33,982. The average of these 10 cities is $30,860 and the range is $8,258.
Examine entry-level salaries of soccer coaches across the U.S. to get an idea of how much you'll make when you start out in this field. Salary Expert reports the following average salaries for soccer coaches in the 10th percentile in 10 randomly selected cities: Pierre, S.D. $19,388; Miami, $19,582; Houston, $21,432; Augusta, Maine, $23,145; Walla Walla, Wash., $24,176; Baltimore, $24,337; Philadelphia, $23,967; Chicago, $24,343, New York, $26,609 and Washington, D.C., $25,613. The average starting salary is $23,259 with a $6,225 range between the lowest paying and highest paying city in this sample.
To make a top salary, you have to have a proven track record of success, which takes years to accomplish. Even then, there are geographical differences that factor into the pay scale. Examples include Pierre, S.D., $35,763; Miami, $36,122; Houston, $39,535; Augusta, Maine, $42,694; Walla Walla, Wash., $44,595; Baltimore, $44,894; Philadelphia, $44,211; Chicago, $44,902; New York, $49,083 and Washington, D.C., $47,245. The average among these cities is $42,904 and the range is $11,482 so you can make significantly more if you are willing to move.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics includes soccer coaches in its overall category of coaches and scouts. Job outlook is strong for this group with a projection by the BLS that jobs will increase by 29 percent between 2010 and 2020, compared to 14 percent for all occupations. The BLS bases this prediction on factors such as an increasingly active aging population needing athletic coaching services, population growth and the continued popularity of team sports.
2016 Salary Information for Coaches and Scouts
Coaches and scouts earned a median annual salary of $31,450 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, coaches and scouts earned a 25th percentile salary of $20,860, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $49,110, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 276,100 people were employed in the U.S. as coaches and scouts.