The previous year, Klinsmann took home more than $2.5 million, already the largest haul for a national team coach in USSF history.
A 2014 audited financial statement said the USSF pays him a base salary of $2.5 million, escalating over the term of the agreement.
As a nonprofit organization, the Chicago-based USSF is required to disclose tax records each year.
Klinsmann has coached the national team since the summer of 2011. In December 2013, a year before his contract was to expire and six months before the World Cup in Brazil, the USSF extended his deal through the ’18 tournament in Russia. He was also appointed the technical director.
The heft of the contract has contributed to the scrutiny of Klinsmann’s job performance during the 2015 campaign. (In other words, a high salary carries high expectations.) The Americans finished fourth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, their poorest finish in 15 years, and failed to qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, a dress rehearsal for the World Cup in Russia. In November, they began the World Cup qualifying campaign with a 5-1 victory over St. Vincent and the Grenadines and a 0-0 draw at Trinidad and Tobago.
Meantime, it’s unclear how much women’s coach Jill Ellis made in the same period because she is not listed among the USSF’s top earners. The federation, however, did not appoint her until May 2014, two months into the fiscal year. The 2014 audited financial statement says the women’s coach would have a base salary between $185,000 and $215,000 and become eligible for World Cup bonuses.
A month after Ellis guided the United States to the World Cup title last summer in Canada, the USSF rewarded her with a new contract through at least the 2019 tournament in France. Terms were not disclosed. They won’t be made public until the next financial statement is posted in fall 2016.
The latest tax records show U.S. men’s players collected considerable payouts for their 2014 campaign. Clint Dempsey led the way at $428,002, followed by Geoff Cameron ($405,209), Jozy Altidore ($404,703), Tim Howard ($398,495) and Jermaine Jones ($395,320). The players and USSF have a negotiated collective bargaining agreement that specifies payments for such things as roster appearances, matches played and World Cup advancement.
Those earnings supplement their full-time contracts with clubs here and abroad. Dempsey, for instance, also collected $7.7 million in 2014 playing for MLS’s Seattle Sounders.
Chief executive Dan Flynn was the USSF’s highest-paid official, at $654,907 in base salary. President Sunil Gulati and the board of directors are not compensated, although many of their domestic and international expenses are covered.