If you’re going into coaching in hopes of earning a big salary, you might be looking in the wrong direction by choosing tennis as your specialty. Tennis coaches tend to make far less than other professional coaches in sports such as football or baseball. As a general rule, coaches make a salary that is on the lower end of the average in the United States.
A Relatively Low-Paying Job
Coaches and scouts for all types of sports earned a median income of $29,150 as of May 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In schools and recreational facilities, tennis coaches may only work part of the year. If you’re working in the professional realm instead of in high school or college, you might make more than the average. In an informal study published in “The Wall Street Journal,” professional tennis coaches said they earned an average of $50,000. Professional coaches are generally required to have a bachelor’s degree in exercise science or a related field. If you want to advance in this career, gaining experience can help you move up from being an assistant coach to a head coach, or from a small school to a larger one, or from working with amateurs to working with professionals.