How much do coaches make?

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  1. Woolybugger

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    Just curious as to what the coaches make at local academies, including the side lessons that they give. Just wondering if this is a possible career path for a junior that went on to play at a D2 school.
     
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  2. willshot

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    they dont make squat. most of them are poor. theres a few that make decent money around 50k+
     
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  3. ChiefAce

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    If you're looking to live comfortably trust me when I say don't teach tennis. Anyone that does is either extremely passionate about the sport or naive in thinking they can make a career out of it. Little to no benefits, no reliable monthly income, and trying to keep your client base happy are just some of the obstacles. If you have a passion for it and work with good players it becomes a job if you're at work or not. I've had many former students ask me about teaching full time, my answer is always the same, get a good 9 to 5 job and teach tennis 5-10 hours a week after that. Leave the work in the trenches to those that are 100% committed to tennis and are willing to make the sacrifices necessary for their clients.
     
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    And if you are one of us who meet the apparent 'criteria' above then you can make a great living from tennis coaching. It's not a job - it's a hobby that you get paid very well for doing and I can't think of anything I would rather do!

    Cheers
     
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    There are also ones that make 100k+ , although to do that you usually need to get into the position of head pro at a decent tennis/country club.
     
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  6. dmcb101

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    I agree with this. It seems ridiculous to me that you can get paid a respectable amount for playing tennis. I start my tennis pro job in June and I could not be more happy. Yes you have to work hard to make the kind of money you want but I hardly call it hard work when it is playing tennis as I absolutely love it. I think what is important is finding an area that has a steady stream of customers who are coming through so that you can always have clientele to work with.

    I would not listen to the nay-sayers who say you cant make good money (as I think 40-50k starting is great money) because that is all opinion. It is true that benefits are usually not in the picture, but you can find those on your own, or if you have a significant other, depend on them. If you have a passion for it and are good at teaching (this is the key) go for it!
     
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    I am kinda surprised by these answers since I am paying $350/month for 5hrs/wk at an academy and $60/hr for lessons. So many parents say tennis is an expensive sport. With that kind of money being thrown around, why aren't the coaches making a good living?
     
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    In Europe, Coaches at Academies make very little. Perhaps 300 Euros per month and they have a place to live.

    In America, they make 30-40k per year.

    In NY, a bit different. Staff coaches make 40-60k per year. At Country Clubs and higher End Tennis Clubs, they can make 80-110k per year.

    Good Coaches who have Academies or small programs make 75-150k per year.

    STAFF at Sportime Corporation make 35-45k (Squat).

    In Florida, Coaches make less unless they own their own academy like Rick Macci, Gary Kesl, Nick Bolletieri, Nick Saviano. Those guys make Hundreds of thousands to a Million per year and Staff coaches make $20/hour

    In Florida, Lessons range from $40/hour to $150 hour.

    In NY, You won't get a Private Lesson under $100/hour and it could go up to $300/hour.
     
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  9. willshot

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    Because some of the money has to go to the academy or club. Pro doesnt take everything.... Someone has to pay for the courts,lights, water, maintence....etc..
     
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    You guys really think that 35-45K a year is "squat"? I think that is totally a respectable salary for a starting tennis pro. Maybe some of you need gobs of money, but for me that is great for the lifestyle I intend to live.
     
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    35-45 in Mississippi may be great. In NY (Where Sportime pays their Staff that amount), you're living in **** and puke, unfortunately.
     
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  12. WARPWOODIE

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    In my area, private coaching is between $75-120 an hour. Some coaches have steady clients and the smart ones don't relegate themselves to one area. They are mobile, so having three clients in one day (min) at the $225 to $360 per day is not a bad gig....maybe some don't even report it as earnings for tax purposes. Probably one downside is that it is seasonal work...so the have to hustle during the good weather seasons.
     
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  14. willshot

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    Its not bad. But, there are better options for a college grad... if you referr to the OP.

    good tennis weather = hustle hustle hustle.

    bad weather = on the bench non billable unless hteres indoors
     
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    Don't forget the cost of knee surgeries in your future. :)
     
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    I will be a pro at an indoor club so I am set. In the summers I will be outside so it will be a nice change of scenery.
     
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    The deal breaker for me finally was after getting married and starting s family, you realize you are always working when your family and friends are not. Great job for single people or those who don't care about having a real family life.
     
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    I'm no pro and I don't have a coaching degree but I know how to play and i understand the game so parents ask me to coach their kids part time paying $30/hr. Its a good way ti pay fir college books and to make extra money with the facts that's I now string their rackets.
     
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