Despite the increase in popularity and media attention, women’s soccer players are still paid considerably less than their male counterparts. This can be attributed to the huge money that men’s football generates through big tournaments, matches, and sponsorships. There have been calls for women soccer stars to be earning the same wages with the males, at least at the national team level.
With regard to national team salaries, countries like England, Brazil, Australia, and Norway pay their men’s and women’s teams equally. While the salaries that women footballers are low compared to men’s football, there are still some female players that earn lots of money.
5. Ada Hegerberg — £355,000 ($425,000)
Ada Hegerberg is a Norwegian striker who plays for French Division 1 Féminine club, Lyon. She won UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award in 2016 and was named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2017 and 2019. In 2018 she became the first-ever winner of the Ballon d’Or Féminin.
Hegerberg holds the record for most goals scored in a single UEFA Women’s Champions League season (15) and is currently the all-time highest goalscorer in the competition (59).
4. Julie Ertz — £359,000 ($430,000)
Julie Ertz helped the United States win both the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup titles. At 23, she was the second youngest member of the 2015 team. After converting to a central midfielder, Ertz won the US Soccer Female Player of the Year award in 2017 and 2019. Ertz played for the Chicay Red Stars before they traded her to Angel City FC in the offseason.
3. Megan Rapinoe — £373,000 ($447,000)
Megan Rapinoe won the Ballon d’Or Féminin and The Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2019 after leading USA to the FIFA Women’s World Cup crown that year. The winger currently plays for OL Reign in the NWSL and earns around £373,000 ($447,000) annually. Despite being 37, Megan Rapinoe is still one of the top female midfielders in soccer currently.
2. Alex Morgan — £375,000 ($450,000)
One of the most popular female players in the world, Alex Morgan, currently plays for San Diego Wave FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) — the highest division of women’s professional soccer in the United States. She also co-captains the USWNT. Unsurprisingly, Alex Morgan is among the highest-paid women’s soccer players on the planet.
1. Sam Kerr — £417,000 ($500,000)
Sam Kerr is the highest-paid female soccer player in the world, earning over £400,000 annually. USA’s Carli Lloyd — who earned over £432,000 per year before her retirement in August 2021 — was the highest paid before, but Chelsea’s superstar attacker now holds the title. Kerr is the all-time leading Australian international scorer and the all-time leading scorer in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States.