College Football - Highest Paid Coaches

College Football Coaches Salaries - Top 100

This information is based on the 2010 college football season for schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision (Division 1-A). Salary totals include base salary plus other income that is paid or guaranteed by the coach contracts. Some numbers come from IRS tax returns. Note that some private universities didn't report the income and some public universities didn't provide contracts for review in this study. These salaries do not include non-school compensation. This information comes from USAtoday. See their website for a full explanation of compensation including maximum bonus clauses in the contracts.


1.

Nick SabanAlabamaSEC$5,166,666

2.

Mack BrownTexasBig 12$5,100,000

3.

Bob StoopsOklahomaBig 12$4,275,000

4.

Urban MeyerFloridaSEC$4,010,000

5.

Kirk FerentzIowaBig Ten$3,775,000

6.

Les MilesLouisiana StateSEC$3,751,000

7.

Jim TresselOhio StateBig Ten$3,512,000

8.

Jim GrobeWake ForestACC$2,939,475

9.

Mark RichtGeorgiaSEC$2,811,340

10.

Bobby PetrinoArkansasSEC$2,700,000

11.

Gary PinkelMissouriBig 12$2,550,000

12.

Rich RodriguezMichiganBig Ten$2,515,180

13.

Houston NuttMississippiSEC$2,500,000

14.

Chip KellyOregonPac-10$2,400,000

15.

Jeff TedfordCaliforniaPac-10$2,300,000

15.

Paul JohnsonGeorgia TechACC$2,300,000

17.

June JonesSouthern MethodistCUSA$2,142,056

18.

Derek DooleyTennesseeSEC$2,118,391

19.

Gene ChizikAuburnSEC$2,100,000

19.

Turner GillKansasBig 12$2,100,000

22.

Frank BeamerVirginia TechACC$2,043,000

23.

Ralph FriedgenMarylandACC$2,036,306

24.

Steve SpurrierSouth CarolinaSEC$2,000,000

25.

Mike GundyOklahoma StateBig 12$1,925,000

26.

Greg SchianoRutgersBig East$1,895,000

27.

Bill SnyderKansas StateBig 12$1,875,000

28.

Steve SarkisianWashingtonPac-10$1,850,004

29.

Jimbo FisherFlorida StateACC$1,800,000

29.

Mike ShermanTexas A&MBig 12$1,800,000

31.

Mark DantonioMichigan StateBig Ten$1,796,700

32.

Mike LondonVirginiaACC$1,780,000

33.

Butch DavisNorth CarolinaACC$1,752,000

34.

Dabo SwinneyClemsonACC$1,750,000

35.

Joker PhillipsKentuckySEC$1,700,000

35.

Skip HoltzSouth FloridaBig East$1,700,000

35.

Bret BielemaWisconsinBig Ten$1,700,000

38.

Gary PattersonTexas ChristianMWC$1,642,089

39.

Charlie StrongLouisvilleBig East$1,600,000

40.

David CutcliffeDukeACC$1,581,903

41.

Randy EdsallConnecticutBig East$1,550,000

42.

Ron ZookIllinoisBig Ten$1,505,000

43.

Dennis EricksonArizona StatePac-10$1,500,000

43.

Tommy TubervilleTexas TechBig 12$1,500,000

45.

Chris PetersenBoise StateWAC$1,489,053

46.

Dan HawkinsColoradoBig 12$1,383,903

47.

George O'LearyCentral FloridaCUSA$1,325,754

48.

Rick NeuheiselUCLAPac-10$1,250,000

49.

Dan MullenMississippi StateSEC$1,200,000

50.

Kyle WhittinghamUtahMWC$1,175,000

51.

Mike RileyOregon StatePac-10$1,110,000

52.

Joe PaternoPenn StateBig Ten$1,109,977

53.

Greg McMackinHawaiiWAC$1,100,004

54.

Mike StoopsArizonaPac-10$1,100,000

54.

Butch JonesCincinnatiBig East$1,100,000

56.

Paul RhoadsIowa StateBig 12$1,050,000

57.

Dave WannstedtPittsburghBig East$1,010,873

58.

Kevin SumlinHoustonCUSA$1,000,000

59.

Pat HillFresno StateWAC$952,499

60.

Ken NiumataloloNavyIndependent$926,434

61.

Bill StewartWest VirginiaBig East$903,000

62.

Danny HopePurdueBig Ten$900,000

63.

Art BrilesBaylorBig 12$878,315

64.

Dave ChristensenWyomingMWC$861,000

65.

Tim BrewsterMinnesotaBig Ten$808,000

66.

Todd GrahamTulsaCUSA$804,253

67.

Ruffin McNeillEast CarolinaCUSA$792,241

68.

Larry PorterMemphisCUSA$750,000

68.

Mike LocksleyNew MexicoMWC$750,000

70.

Troy CalhounAir ForceMWC$725,000

71.

Steve FairchildColorado StateMWC$700,000

72.

Larry FedoraSouthern MississippiCUSA$685,000

73.

Brady HokeSan Diego StateMWC$675,000

74.

Bill LynchIndianaBig Ten$650,000

75.

Tom O'BrienNorth Carolina StateACC$632,950

76.

Doc HollidayMarshallCUSA$600,000

76.

Paul WulffWashington StatePac-10$600,000

78.

Al GoldenTempleMAC$513,867

79.

Bobby HauckNevada-Las VegasMWC$500,000

80.

Rick StockstillMiddle TennesseeSun Belt$488,955

81.

David BailiffRiceCUSA$487,340

82.

Frank SolichOhioMAC$458,300

83.

Sonny DykesLouisiana TechWAC$450,000

84.

Chris AultNevadaWAC$443,093

85.

Mario CristobalFlorida InternationalSun Belt$437,382

86.

Mike MacIntyreSan Jose StateWAC$401,820

87.

Howard SchnellenbergerFlorida AtlanticSun Belt$400,405

88.

Rich EllersonArmyIndependent$400,000

89.

Mike PriceTexas-El PasoCUSA$383,346

90.

Neil CallawayAlabama-BirminghamCUSA$378,000

91.

Rob IanelloAkronMAC$375,000

91.

DeWayne WalkerNew Mexico StateWAC$375,000

91.

Bill CubitWestern MichiganMAC$375,000

94.

Tim BeckmanToledoMAC$370,000

95.

Robb AkeyIdahoWAC$355,797

96.

Larry BlakeneyTroySun Belt$355,000

97.

Gary AndersenUtah StateWAC$352,400

98.

Stan ParrishBall StateMAC$350,000

98.

Dan EnosCentral MichiganMAC$350,000

100.

Jerry KillNorthern IllinoisMAC$346,812

101.

Jeff QuinnBuffaloMAC$338,000

102.

Ron EnglishEastern MichiganMAC$315,000

103.

Mike HaywoodMiami, OhioMAC$300,000

104.

Todd DodgeNorth TexasSun Belt$289,161

105.

Rickey BustleLouisiana-LafayetteSun Belt$225,000

105.

Willie TaggartWestern KentuckySun Belt$225,000

107.

Todd BerryLouisiana-MonroeSun Belt$215,000

108.

Dave ClawsonBowling GreenMAC$205,000

109.

Doug MartinKent StateMAC$190,000

110.

Steve RobertsArkansas StateSun Belt$140,000

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Frank SpazianiBoston CollegeACCNot provided

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Bronco MendenhallBrigham YoungMWCNot provided

NA

Randy ShannonMiami FloridaACCNot provided

NA

Pat FitzgeraldNorthwesternBig TenNot provided

NA

Brian KellyNotre DameIndependentNot provided

NA

Lane KiffinSouthern CaliforniaPac-10Not provided

NA

Jim HarbaughStanfordPac-10Not provided

NA

Doug MarroneSyracuseBig EastNot provided

NA

Bob ToledoTulaneCUSANot provided

NA

Robbie CaldwellVanderbiltSECNot provided