Breaking Down the USWNT’s “salary”
So with the USWNT’s boycott of the Women’s World Tournament I thought I’d break-down what the $6,000 every fours years amounts to yearly, monthly, weekly, and hourly to put it in perspective…and uh…it’s not pretty…
The USWNT’s salary ($6,000 every four years) amounts to $1500 per year. Now, let’s just assume that it’s like a typical full-time job, where they work 40 hours weekly and are paid by the hour (I know that’s not how it works but this is to put things into perspective). They would work 2,080 hours yearly (40 hours weekly, 52 weeks per year) and would make just $0.72 per hour. So weekly that amounts to: $28.80; and monthly it’s: $124.80. Literally how are they supposed to buy their own equipment so they’re able to do their job (because GOD FORBID their employer gives them the necessary tools for their line of work) with just $124.80 MONTHLY. Like do you know how fucking expensive hockey gear is? I mean on average a new set of hockey equipment costs between $500-$1000…for the skaters at least. For the goalies…oh boy from what I read…it’s $4000-$5000 for new gear…and these prices are for amateur equipment (amateur as in playing in a beer league or something) and NOT the kind of gear anyone playing at the Olympic level would be using.
It would be one thing if the work the USWNT was voluntary, but from the sound of it, it’s not. They don’t have a choice. Basically, USA Hockey is FORCING (thank you Steve Dangle Podcast) these women work for them FOR BASICALLY NOTHING! The women who play for USA hockey don’t have the choice to not participate in the World Championships the way the Men do. The Men can decline USA Hockey’s invitation to play in the IIHF World Championship, the women cannot decline USA Hockey’s invitation. If they were to decline it’s a sort of: “Oh well, that’s too bad, we just won’t invite you to play ever again. Bye!” thing. What I’m getting is: If you cross USA Hockey the wrong way (by say declining to play in a tournament that you won’t get paid for or sending a passive aggressive tweet or something), they excommunicate you. I mean they excommunicated Stanley Cup Champion Phil Kessel for crying out loud!
USA Hockey is also the reason why the NWHL’s season had to be cut short this year, since most of the USWNT plays in the NWHL. USA Hockey pulled these women from a hockey organization that pays them to play so they could play in a semi-lengthy tournament that they won’t get paid for. I mean sure playing the NWHL doesn’t come with a great pay rate by any stretch but compared to what USA Hockey pays them…it’s at least on par with what they could make working a part-to-full time job at minimum wage.
If you’re looking for a good conversation about this whole ordeal, the most recent Steve Dangle Podcast has a lengthy and in-depth conversation about it with one of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy writers Jen Neale. You should definitely check it out, if you’re interested. I just thought I’d put a little perspective on just what the $6000 every four years breaks down to.