College football coaches earn twice as much as they did in 2006

SHARE College football coaches earn twice as much as they did in 2006
SHARE College football coaches earn twice as much as they did in 2006

USA Today’s annual database of college football coaching salaries went live Wednesday.

Here’s the bottom line:

Top-tier college football coaches are making twice as much as they did in 2006, when USA TODAY Sports ran its first coaches’ salary survey. Then, coaches at the NCAA’s 119 Football Bowl Subdivision schools were making an average of more than $950,000. Today, at those same 119 schools (of the 128 current), the average salary is about $1.95 million. Even when adjusted for inflation, salaries have nearly doubled.

Nick Saban is college football’s richest coach with an annual salary of $7,160,187. Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio is second with $5,636,145.

Here’s a look at the top ten, courtesy USA Today:

1. Nick Saban, Alabama, $7,160,187

2. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State, $5,636,145

3. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma, $5,058,333

4. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M, $5,006,000

5. Charlie Strong, Texas, $5,000,270

6. Urban Meyer, Ohio State, $4,536,640

7. Les Miles, LSU, $4,369,582

8. James Franklin, Penn State, $4,300,000

9. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa, $4,075,000

10. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina, $4,016,900

Here are salaries for all the head football coaches in the Big Ten and the region:

2. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State, $5,636,145

6. Urban Meyer, Ohio State, $4,536,640

8. James Franklin, Penn State, $4,300,000

9. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa, $4,075,000

24. Bo Pelini, Nebraska, $3,077,646

30. Brady Hoke, Michigan, $2,856,000

39. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern, $2,480,967

41. Gary Andersen, Wisconsin, $2,285,000

45. Jerry Kill, Minnesota, $2,100,000

46. Darrell Hazell, Purdue, $2,090,000

47. Randy Edsall, Maryland, $2,033,880

52. Tim Beckman, Illinois, $1,950,250

64. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame, $1,457,284

66. Kevin Wilson, Indiana, $1,301,644

73. Kyle Flood, Rutgers, $987,000

111. Rod Carey, Northern Illinois, $401,500

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