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Below you’ll find the estimated average yearly salaries for most of the head coaches in the NBA.  Teams rarely disclose the exact amount that they pay their coaches, but sometimes they do make the base salary figure available.  We’ve compiled as many as we could find, listed in order of highest to lowest paid.

Sources range from team releases themselves to reports on Twitter (from respected journalists only), however, we cannot guarantee their accuracy.

Gregg Popovich is currently the highest-paid coach in the league, but keep in mind that he is technically both the head coach and president of the Spurs, so his salary considers his duties for both positions.  With the success Pop has had in San Antonio, he deserves every penny.

At this time we are unable to locate approximate salaries for Nate McMillan (Pacers), Earl Watson (Suns), Mike Malone (Nuggets), and Quin Snyder (Jazz).

List of NBA Head Coach Salaries from Highest to Lowest Paid

Head CoachTeamApprox. Salary
Gregg PopovichSan Antonio Spurs$11,000,000
Doc RiversLos Angeles Clippers$10,000,000
Tom ThibodeauxMinnesota Timberwolves$10,000,000
Rick CarlisleDallas Mavericks$7,000,000
Stan Van GundyDetroit Pistons$7,000,000
Scott BrooksWashington Wizards$7,000,000
Billy DonovanOklahoma City Thunder$6,000,000
Jason KiddMilwaukee Bucks$6,000,000
Dwane CaseyToronto Raptors$6,000,000
Frank VogelOrlando Magic$5,500,000
Fred HoibergChicago Bulls$5,000,000
Steve KerrGolden State Warriors$5,000,000
Jeff HornacekNew York Knicks$5,000,000
Terry StottsPortland Trail Blazers$5,000,000
Luke WaltonLos Angeles Lakers$5,000,000
Dave JoergerSacramento Kings$4,000,000
Mike D’AntoniHouston Rockets$4,000,000
Brad StevensBoston Celtics$3,666,667
Alvin GentryNew Orleans Pelicans$3,437,500
Tyronn LueCleveland Cavaliers$3,000,000
Erik SpoelstraMiami Heat$3,000,000
David FizdaleMemphis Grizzlies$2,550,000
Kenny AtkinsonBrooklyn Nets$2,500,000
Mike BudenholzerAtlanta Hawks$2,000,000
Steve CliffordCharlotte Hornets$2,000,000
Brett BrownPhiladelphia 76ers$2,000,000
Nate McMillanIndiana Pacers
Earl WatsonPhoenix Suns
Mike MaloneDenver Nuggets
Quin SnyderUtah Jazz

Even Average and Low-End NBA Head Coaches Make Out Better Than Most

Looking at the list above there are some surprises.  Detroit is paying Van Gundy top money but he hasn’t returned the results they are looking for.  Big money lured Fred Hoiberg away from Iowa State and yet that franchise has gone from contender to not even making the playoffs.

Steve Kerr looks like a solid deal, and I also like the job Erik Spoelstra and Brad Stevens have done on the breadcrumbs their franchise has given them.  I’d expect those three to command major pay raises when it comes time to talk extension.

Even an average head coach is doing alright.  The median stands at around $3.5 million per season.  The lowest-paid head coach pulls in $2 million.  Not bad when you play 82 games a year.  That’s about $25,000 per game.

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