College Football Head Coach Salaries
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Highest Paid College Football Head Coaches

College football’s top-paid coaches are mostly from the SEC, according to USA Today’s latest list. Alabama’s Nick Saban leads the pack. Georgia’s Kirby Smart, fresh off two national titles, is third. Five other SEC coaches fill out the top 10.

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is second, the highest non-SEC coach. Ohio State’s Ryan Day is fourth, leading the Big Ten representatives.

Deion Sanders, making waves at Colorado, ranks 32nd with a $5.5 million salary.

The list shows the SEC’s financial power in college football, but also highlights standout coaches from other conferences.

NCAA College Football Head Coach Salaries

RankCoachSchoolPay / SalarySchool Buyout
1Nick SabanAlabama$11,407,000*$44,800,000.00
2Dabo SwinneyClemson$10,884,775*$64,000,000.00
3Kirby SmartGeorgia$10,705,600.00$92,625,000.00
4Ryan DayOhio State$10,271,250*$46,222,292.00
5Mel TuckerMichigan State$10,015,350*β€”
6Brian KellyLSU$9,975,000*$70,018,333.00
7Jimbo FisherTexas A&M$9,150,000.00$77,562,500.00
8Mark StoopsKentucky$9,013,600.00$51,187,500.00
9Lane KiffinOle Miss$9,000,000*β€”
10Josh HeupelTennessee$9,000,000.00$46,500,000.00
11James FranklinPenn State$8,500,000*$64,666,667.00
12Jim HarbaughMichigan$8,254,600*$27,236,892.00
13Luke FickellWisconsin$7,625,000*$39,680,000.00
14Mike GundyOklahoma State$7,625,000*$24,976,563.00
15Mike NorvellFlorida State$7,300,000*$42,209,583.00
16Billy NapierFlorida$7,270,000*$32,384,716.00
17Brent VenablesOklahoma$7,100,000.00$30,583,333.00
18Kirk FerentzIowa$7,000,000*$37,000,000.00
19Dan LanningOregon$6,624,999*$44,333,333.00
20Hugh FreezeAuburn$6,500,000*$25,187,500.00
21Bret BielemaIllinois$6,500,000.00$35,750,000.00
22Sam PittmanArkansas$6,357,500*β€”
23Kyle WhittinghamUtah$6,325,000*$12,250,000.00
24Shane BeamerSouth Carolina$6,125,000.00$18,255,521.00
25P.J. FleckMinnesota$6,000,000.00$23,725,000.00
26Eliah DrinkwitzMissouri$6,000,000.00$20,437,500.00
27Chip KellyUCLA$5,979,167*$8,787,917.00
28Pat NarduzziPittsburgh$5,875,817.00β€”
29Lance LeipoldKansas$5,750,000*$27,346,667.00
30Steve SarkisianTexas$5,600,000.00$12,926,667.00
31Jeff BrohmLouisville$5,550,000*$31,416,667.00
32Mike LocksleyMaryland$5,500,000.00$16,547,917.00
33Matt RhuleNebraska$5,500,000.00$62,062,500.00
34Deion SandersColorado$5,500,000*$18,343,750.00
35Dave DoerenNorth Carolina State$5,024,390.00$10,307,926.00
36Mack BrownNorth Carolina$5,000,000*$2,812,500.00
37Jonathan SmithOregon State$4,850,000*$17,525,625.00
38Chris KliemanKansas State$4,750,000*$29,625,000.00
39Tom AllenIndiana$4,510,000*$20,400,000.00
40Justin WilcoxCalifornia$4,400,000*$20,725,000.00
41Dana HolgorsenHouston$4,300,000*$14,838,333.00
42Dave ClawsonWake Forest$4,284,656.00β€”
43Tony ElliottVirginia$4,250,000*$19,475,000.00
44Kalen DeBoerWashington$4,200,000.00$23,200,120.00
45Joey McGuireTexas Tech$4,104,960.00$15,862,063.00
46Dino BabersSyracuse$4,063,138.00β€”
47Matt CampbellIowa State$4,005,537*$15,250,000.00
48Neal BrownWest Virginia$4,005,000.00$13,033,333.00
49Greg SchianoRutgers$4,000,000*$13,068,750.00
50Ryan WaltersPurdue$4,000,000*$12,625,000.00
51Brent PryVirginia Tech$4,000,000.00$12,650,000.00
52Kenny DillinghamArizona State$3,850,000*$15,800,000.00
53Scott SatterfieldCincinnati$3,535,000*$19,291,667.00
54Jedd FischArizona$3,250,000.00$9,135,000.00
55Jeff HafleyBoston College$3,120,012.00β€”
56Clark LeaVanderbilt$3,051,881.00β€”
57Dave ArandaBaylor$3,021,003.00β€”
58Zach ArnettMississippi State$3,000,000*β€”
59Willie FritzTulane$2,842,000.00β€”
60Brent KeyGeorgia Tech$2,800,000.00$7,213,333.00
61Jake DickertWashington State$2,700,000.00$3,712,500.00
62Jeff TraylorUTSA$2,550,000.00$14,165,000.00
63Alex GoleshSouth Florida$2,500,000*β€”
64Mike HoustonEast Carolina$2,355,804.00$4,347,000.00
65Craig BohlWyoming$2,337,000*$1,841,667.00
66Gus MalzahnUCF$2,300,000.00$3,593,750.00
67Brent BrennanSan Jose State$2,300,000*$4,316,667.00
68Ryan SilverfieldMemphis$1,900,000.00$2,465,000.00
69Jim MoraConnecticut$1,800,000*$3,700,000.00
70Barry OdomUNLV$1,785,000*$5,184,375.00
71Andy AvalosBoise State$1,750,000*$3,262,043.00
72Jay NorvellColorado State$1,700,000.00$3,000,000.00
73Brian NewberryNavy$1,600,000*β€”
74Jeff TedfordFresno State$1,550,000*$4,639,583.00
75Blake AndersonUtah State$1,375,000.00$4,585,936.00
76Eric MorrisNorth Texas$1,300,000*$3,030,000.00
77Trent DilferUAB$1,300,000.00$5,416,667.00
78Brady HokeSan Diego State$1,273,100.00$4,861,942.00
79Jason CandleToledo$1,125,000.00$900,000.00
80Jim McElwainCentral Michigan$1,025,420.00$2,000,000.00
81Rich RodriguezJacksonville State$1,000,000*$4,066,667.00
82Tim BeckCoastal Carolina$1,000,000.00$4,083,333.00
83Jon SumrallTroy$1,000,000.00$3,316,667.00
84Biff PoggiCharlotte$1,000,000*$2,041,667.00
85Sonny CumbieLouisiana Tech$950,000.00$2,368,750.00
86Ken WilsonNevada$950,000*$1,000,000.00
87Mike BloomgrenRice$926,208.00β€”
88Shawn ClarkAppalachian State$925,020*$3,000,000.00
89Tyson HeltonWestern Kentucky$922,800.00$4,000,000.00
90Rick StockstillMiddle Tennessee$910,504.00$4,988,699.00
91Lance TaylorWestern Michigan$850,000.00$3,123,750.00
92Ricky RahneOld Dominion$831,669.00$1,922,772.00
93Dana DimelUTEP$829,000.00$667,292.00
94Butch JonesArkansas State$825,000.00$1,541,667.00
95Will HallSouthern Miss$824,000*$1,716,667.00
96Don BrownMassachusetts$816,000*$2,216,000.00
97Shawn ElliottGeorgia State$811,000.00$1,500,000.00
98Kane WommackSouth Alabama$810,000*$2,502,188.00
99G.J. KinneTexas State$800,000.00$1,600,000.00
100Charles HuffMarshall$755,500.00$881,417.00
101Michael DesormeauxLouisiana$755,000.00$1,304,250.00
102Clay HeltonGeorgia Southern$752,000.00$1,844,000.00
103Mike MacIntyreFIU$750,000.00$1,515,625.00
104Tom HermanFlorida Atlantic$700,000*$2,858,333.00
105Danny GonzalesNew Mexico$700,000.00$400,000.00
106Maurice LinguistBuffalo$684,500*$1,493,875.00
107Mike NeuBall State$680,000.00$750,000.00
108Curt CignettiJames Madison$677,311*$3,046,773.00
109Thomas HammockNorthern Illinois$677,045*$1,518,200.00
110Tim AlbinOhio$651,500*$1,858,556.00
111Joe MoorheadAkron$620,000*$1,301,563.00
112Timmy ChangHawaii$600,006*$856,522.00
113Jerry KillNew Mexico State$600,000.00$2,650,000.00
114K.C. KeelerSam Houston$600,000.00$1,791,681.00
115Chris CreightonEastern Michigan$590,000*$800,000.00
116Chuck MartinMiami (OH)$575,300.00$750,000.00
117Scot LoefflerBowling Green$560,000.00$1,131,000.00
118Kenni BurnsKent State$527,100.00$1,514,688.00
119Terry BowdenLouisiana-Monroe$435,400.00$182,700.00
120Sonny DykesTCUβ€”β€”
121Mario CristobalMiami (FL)β€”β€”
122Stan DraytonTempleβ€”β€”
123Kevin WilsonTulsaβ€”β€”
124Marcus FreemanNotre Dameβ€”β€”
125Kalani SitakeBYUβ€”β€”
126Rhett LashleeSMUβ€”β€”
127Jeff MonkenArmy West Pointβ€”β€”
128Jamey ChadwellLibertyβ€”β€”
129Troy TaylorStanfordβ€”β€”
130David BraunNorthwesternβ€”β€”
131Troy CalhounAir Forceβ€”β€”
132Mike ElkoDukeβ€”β€”
133Lincoln RileyUSCβ€”β€”