NCAA Football coaches can make enormous salaries at a big program. Here are the coaches currently working for the highest annual salaries.
Thinking about college football coaches and the salaries they receive can make anyone’s head spin. On the bright side, these coaches are responsible for grooming and preparing young men for an opportunity that is more valuable than the millions dropped into their bank accounts.
With the hundreds of teams across the country, some of these names may come by surprise, but others are just one that belongs on the list simply because of the reputation and visibility their programs bring to NCAA football.
Who is the highest-paid coach in NCAA football?
Sitting on top as both the SEC and highest-paid coach overall was Nick Saban with an estimated $9.7 million dollar contract with Alabama.
Following Saban, comes Ed Orgeron of LSU with a $9.012 million contract. There are a group of coaches that fall in the near $9 million zone like Dabo Swinney of Clemson and David Shaw of Stanford. Things fall off a bit after that.
Following Saban and Orgeron, the remaining coaches are:
3. Dabo Swinney, Clemson– $9.5 million
4. David Shaw, Standford– $8.9 million
5. Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma–$7.6 million
6. Dan Mullen, Flordia– $7.5 million
7. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M– $7.5 million
8. Kirby Smart, Georgia — $7.1 million
9. James Franklin, Penn State– $7 million
10. Ryan Day, Ohio State — $6.6 million
Now don’t let the size of their checks confuse you. Some of these head coaches have led their teams to great records and have beat powerhouses this past football season. Just because the No. 7 and No. 8 highest-paid coach can’t beat the No. 1 highest-paid coach in the tax bracket, doesn’t mean they can’t beat them on the field. I mean look at this past football season!