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Looking at the top college football head coach salaries in 2022 originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
There’s no doubt that an immense amount of pressure is placed on college football coaches around the country.
Well, most of the time, the compensation properly reflects the hard work and dedication these coaches put on the field with their squads on the daily.
Believe it or not, the highest-paid NFL and college coaches are paid very similarly. The salary discrepancies between the two leagues can mainly be seen when you take a look at the average compensations.
The average NFL head coach's salary is $6.692 million whereas the average assistant college salary is $5.5 million annually, while the average college football compensation for the 108 NCAA I coaches is $1.75 million.
Let’s break it down. Here’s everything you need to know about how much high-paid college football coaches make in 2022:
How much do the highest-paid college football coaches in 2022 get paid?
1. Kirby Smart salary: $11.25 million (Georgia)
2. Lincoln Riley salary (estimated): $10-plus million (USC)
3. Nick Saban salary: $9,753,221 million (Alabama)
4. Brian Kelly salary: $9.5 million (LSU)
5. Mel Tucker salary: $9.5 million (Michigan State)
6. Ryan Day salary: $9.5 million (Ohio State)
7. David Shaw salary: $8.925 million
8. Dabo Swinney salary: $8,370,775 (Clemson)
9. Mario Cristobal salary: $8 million (Miami)
10. Jimbo Fisher salary: $7.5 million (Texas A&M)
11. Lane Kiffin salary: $7.25 million (Ole Miss)
12. Jim Harbaugh salary: $7.05 million (Michigan)
13. James Franklin salary: $7 million (Penn State)
14. Pat Fitzgerald salary: $5.748 million (Northwestern)
15. Chip Kelly salary: $5.6 million (UCLA)
16. Steve Sarkisian salary: $5.45 million (Texas)
Which highest-paid football coaches got fired in 2021?
Gary Patterson, TCU – $6.1 million salary
Dan Mullen, Florida – $7.57 million salary
Ed Orgeron, LSU – $9.01 million salary
What is the average football coach’s salary by NCAA division?
SEC: $4.3 million.
Big 12: $3.4 million
Big Ten: $3.1 million
ACC: $2.7 million
Pac-12: $2.7 million
How much do the highest-paid NFL coaches make?
1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots- $12.5 million
2. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks- $11 million
3. Jon Gruden, Las Vegas Raiders- $10 million
4. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints- $9.8 million
5. John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens- $9 million