The Ivy Coach Daily

May 21, 2024

How Much Do Ivy League Athletic Coaches Get Paid?

Previously Published on November 5, 2019:

Are you curious about the salaries of head athletic coaches across the Ivy League? If so, it may not surprise you that the coaches of men’s teams make more on average than those of female teams. And while this reality may not be the least surprising — especially after the world found out how much #1 WNBA draft pick Caitlin Clark will be making over her first few seasons outside of her endorsement deals — we’d be remiss if we didn’t call out the eight Ivy League institutions for perpetuating this inequity.

So, what are the average head coaching salaries for men’s and women’s athletic teams at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, UPenn, and Yale? Let’s find out!

Average Ivy League Coaching Salaries Around the Horn

The following is based on 2022 U.S. Department of Education Equity in Athletics data:

Ivy League SchoolAverage Salary for Men’s Team Head CoachesAverage Salary for Women’s Team Head Coaches
Brown University$166,896$109,337
Columbia University$191,480$100,493
Cornell University$137,709$105,228
Dartmouth College$137,709$94,171
Harvard University$125,770$107,216
Princeton University$172,495$143,987
University of Pennsylvania$168,346$111,613
Yale University$158,704$87,705

A Clarion Call for a Change to Ivy League Coaching Salaries

It’s alarming that the salaries of coaches of men’s teams outpace those of women’s teams at each of the eight Ivy League institutions. It’s especially troubling at Columbia and Yale, where the coaches of men’s teams make nearly double their women’s team counterparts.

It’s 2024. How can this be? The Today Show’s Hoda Kotb recently called out the hypocrisy between the salaries of NBA and WNBA players. But it’s not just women’s players who are getting shortchanged — it’s the coaches, too. So, to each Ancient Eight institution, we at Ivy Coach issue a clarion call for change. We hope to see very different figures in the coming years, figures that reflect equal status under the law.

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