Middle school coaches are educators who teach student-athletes the fundamental skills of team and individual sports. They may conduct training drills and practice sessions. They may arrange for intramural and inter-school competitions. They are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for their athletes and for encouraging qualities of fair play and sportsmanship. Middle school coaches are typically professional educators who work in the public school system or for private educational institutions, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wages for middle school coaches may be tied to their roles as teachers.
The mean annual U.S. income for coaches in all sports at all grade levels from elementary school through secondary school was $32,110 as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual income for teachers at the middle school level was $54,880 as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Wages for middle school coaches can vary significantly based on the geographic region of the country. The highest-paid coaches in the country worked in the District of Columbia where they earned mean annual wages of $53,480, while those who worked in Maine earned the lowest mean annual wages at $23,070 as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. District of Columbia middle school teachers earned mean annual wages of $56,850 while those who worked in Maine earned mean wages of $46,720 per year.
Wages for middle school coaches can vary significantly even within a state. Middle school teachers who worked in the Denver-Aurora, Colorado, metropolitan area earned mean annual wages of $53,240 while coaches earned mean annual wages of $33,680. Middle school teachers who worked in the non-metropolitan areas of east and south Colorado earned mean wages of $39,900, while coaches earned mean wages of $28,560 per year as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Middle school coaches typically coach more than one sport, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A middle school coach may be paid significantly different wages based on the sport he coaches. The average annual income for a middle school football coach was $38,000 as of June 2011, according to Indeed.com. Middle school basketball coaches earned average annual salaries of $51,000 while middle school baseball coaches earned average salaries of $37,000 per year. The average salary for a middle school girls volleyball coach was $73,000 as of June 2011, according to the Indeed website.