As the U.S. women’s national team head coach, Emma Hayes will earn the same base salary as men’s coach Gregg Berhalter.
The deal makes Hayes the highest paid women’s soccer coach in the world. Hayes and Berhalter will receive equal pay, with each earning $1.6 million per year, Fox Sports’ Doug McIntyre reported.
Her salary is more than three times that of her predecessor, Vlatko Andonovski, who made approximately $450,000 per year, according to U.S. Soccer’s financial filings.
U.S. Soccer announced Hayes, 47, as the USWNT head coach on Tuesday afternoon. She comes to the team from Chelsea, where she led the club to six Women’s Super League titles in 11 seasons. She will stay with Chelsea through the end of the current season, her 12th, and join the USWNT in May 2024.
The English club reportedly attempted to block the USWNT’s poaching of Hayes by offering to quadruple her salary. Hayes signed a long-term contract with Chelsea in 2021, though her salary was not made public.