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Monday, July 15, 2024

Who Are The Highest-Paid Premier League Managers?

  • Earning a $20 million salary, Pep Guardiola stands alone atop the list.
  • Only three of the 20 highest-paid managers have won zero trophies.
Pep Guardiola
Man City

The Premier League holds a firm grip as the most popular soccer league in the world with the most valuable soccer clubs. At the head of player transfers and strategy are the managers.

The constant pressure to perform and win trophies results in lofty salaries for the highest-paid Premier League managers.

Pep Guardiola stands alone atop the list as the highest-paid Premier League manager of 2024. His $20 million salary is more than double the next highest earner.

Guardiola spent the first half of his coaching career in his native Spain, coaching Barcelona for 247 matches. He has won 19 trophies in his career coaching in Spain, Germany, and England.

Guardiola may not be the highest-paid soccer manager in the world, but he is in England. 

Mikel Arteta of Arsenal comes in second. He earns $9.5 million managing for the club he once played for as a player.

He’s signed through the 2025 season to give him a total of $57 million in expected earnings. Arteta has helped rebuild Arsenal into a perennial title contender in his time at the club. 

Third on the list is Manchester United’s Erik Ten Hag. He makes $9 million in charge of one of the most valuable clubs in the world. 

Ten Hag signed with Manchester United in 2022 after managing Ajax in his native Netherlands. 

Fourth is Unai Emery of Aston Villa. He brings in $8 million working for the Birmingham-based club.  Emery helped Aston Villa reach the Champions League this season for the first time in 41 years.

Newly hired Arne Slot takes the fifth spot on the list. He will earn $6.85 million with Liverpool.

Slot was appointed in late May to lead Liverpool after long-time manager Jurgen Klopp announced he would be leaving after the end of the season.

Klopp had been earning $18 million a year managing the club, which had him just under Pep Guardiola on the list.

Winning trophies can help secure big paydays. Besides Guardiola, only Unai Emery and Ange Postecoglou of Tottenham — who’s tied for sixth-highest-paid — have won more than 10 trophies as a manager. In contrast, only three of the top 20 highest-paid coaches have an empty trophy shelf.

Ranking The Highest-Paid Managers in The Premier League

Here is the entire list of the highest-paid Premier League managers, along with the number of trophies they have won in their managerial careers. The list was compiled with data from The Premier League, TransferMarkt, and The Sports Grail.

  • Updated: June 10, 2024
RankManagerClubTrophies WonTotal Compensation
1Pep GuardiolaManchester City19$20 million
2Mikel ArtetaArsenal7$9.5 million
3Erik ten HagManchester United8$9 million
4Unai EmeryAston Villa11$8 million
5Arne SlotLiverpool2$6.85 million
T-6Sean DycheEverton1$5 million
T-6Ange PostecoglouTottenham10$5 million
T-8Thomas FrankBrentford0$4.5 million
T-8Oliver GlasnerCrystal Palace2$4.5 million
10Julen LopeteguiWest Ham United3$4.3 million
T-11Marco SilvaFulham3$4 million
T-11Eddie HoweNewcastle United1$4 million
T-11David MoyesWest Ham United3$4 million
14Chris WilderSheffield United0$2.7 million
15Nuno Espírito SantoNottingham Forest3$2.5 million
T-16Vincent KompanyBurnley1$2 million
T-16Rob EdwardsLuton Town1$2 million
T-18Roberto De ZerbiBrighton1$1.5 million
T-18Gary O’NeilWolverhampton0$1.5 million
20Andoni IraolaBournemouth1$1 million

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