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.
However, the top women’s soccer leagues in the world pay considerably higher than most other leagues.
In this article, TOP SOCCER BLOG looks at the top 10 highest-paid women’s soccer players.
This article is about their annual salaries.
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.
She is the only female football player to have won the Golden Boot in 3 different leagues and 3 different continents, namely: the W-League (Australia/New Zealand), the NWSL (North America), and the FAWSL (Europe).
So far, Sam Kerr has helped Chelsea win 8 trophies (including back-to-back-to-back Women’s Super League titles), as well as helping the Blues reach the UEFA Women’s Champions League final for the first time ever in 2021.
The Australian soccer star is regarded as one of the best female soccer players in the world right now.
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.
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.
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.
However, she did not play in 2022 due to her pregnancy. Still, while she hasn’t been seen in competition in more than a year, she entered the NWSL offseason as a top free agent.
However, in April 2023 Julie Ertz signed a one-year deal with NSWL side Angel City FC ahead of World Cup.
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).
The 27-year-old is a lethal goalscorer and is said to one of the best strikers in soccer.
6. Marta — £344,000 ($400,000)
Marta is regarded by many as the greatest female soccer of all time. She has been named FIFA World Player of the Year 6 times.
The Brazilian forward currently plays for Orlando Pride in the NWSL.
The 36-year-old earns $400,000 annually.
7. Amandine Henry — £320,540 ($394,500)
Amandine Henry was awarded the Silver Ball Award as the tournament’s 2nd Best Player at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
She has won 6 UEFA Women’s Champions League titles with Lyon and is one of the team’s most valuable players.
8. Wendie Renard — £318,510 ($392,000)
Centre-back, Wendie Renard, is the captain of both Lyon and the French national team.
She is one of the most decorated players in women’s soccer — having won a record 14 French league titles and 8 UEFA Women’s Champions League titles.
She has cemented her status as one of the greatest female soccer defenders ever.
9. Christine Sinclair — £308,760 ($380,000)
Christine Sinclair is the captain of both NWSL club Portland Thorns FC and the Canadian national team.
She is the world’s all-time leader for international goals scored (men or women) with 190 goals.
The 39-year-old earns $380,000 per year.
10. Trinity Rodman — £233,460 ($281, 000)
At age 18, Trinity Rodman became the youngest drafted player in NWSL history after being selected second in the 2021 NWSL College Draft.
She won the NWSL Rookie of the Year, NWSL Best XI, and US Soccer Young Female Player of the Year awards in just her first season!!!
This earned her a $1m four-year contract which made her the highest-paid footballer in NWSL history.
She is also one of top US women’s soccer players at the moment.
Trinity Rodman is below some players who also play in the NWSL on this list because NWSL clubs are able to use allocation money provided by the league to boost some individual salaries.