The 32 national coaches fighting to win the World Cup in Brazil receive an average of $2 million per year, but those salaries come with little job security.
Only 5 coaches had the same job during the last World Cup – four years ago in South Africa. Of those 32 national teams, 15 are coached by foreigners and only a few will remain at their jobs during the next World Cup in Russia in 2018.
Nonetheless, coaches in soccer clubs make considerably more than their counterparts in national teams. In fact, only Capello would be placed among the ten highest-paid soccer club coaches, which make an average of $11.3 million per year. Fabio Capello’s salary is so high that he makes more in a week than Miguel Herrera, Mexico’s coach, makes in an entire year.
Mourinho, the second best paid soccer coach, makes $17 million per year, over 150% of what Capello, the best paid national coach, makes. Maybe that is another reason, more tangible than boredom, that explains why the Portuguese has publicly declared he will coach soccer clubs for at least 15 more years before becoming the boss of a national team.
Here’s soccer’s highest–paid coaches according to data collected by Sporting Intelligence.
These figures do NOT include team bonuses.