This article takes a look at how much each head coach in college makes on a yearly basis. We don’t just cover the guys at the top of the list. We go looking for the salaries on all 130 FBS teams.

Unfortunately the private schools don’t have make this information public. Unless it shows up on a tax document or the number gets leaked, we won’t know the exact numbers. I was able to find some creditable sources for some of the private coaches, but not all of them.

All those I wasn’t able to find anything for, were thrown to the bottom of the list. That includes the likes of Clay Helton at USC, Matt Rhule at Baylor, Dino Babers at Syracuse and Chad Morris at SMU.

NCAA Football Head Coach Salary Breakdown

As you can see, the top dog on the list is none other than Alabama’s Nick Saban. He’s scheduled to bring in a staggering $11.125 million in 2017. Thanks in large part to a $4 million signing bonus on his new extension he signed.

Hard to say he’s not worth it. He’s got a 119-19 record in his 10 years with the Crimson Tide. That with a mere 7-6 mark in his first season on the job. Since that sub-par finish Alabama has won a minimum of 10 games each year. They have finished in the Top 10 in 9 consecutive seasons and have won 4 national championships (1 runner-up).

The only one even close to Saban is Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh at just over $9 million. Not to far back of Harbaugh, is his new rival in Ohio State’s Urban Meyer just under $6.1 million.

While the Big 10 has 2 of the top 3 highest paid coaches, the SEC dominates the top half of this list. Out of the 14 schools that make up the conference, 11 are in the Top 30. The lowest ranked is Missouri’s Barry Odom at No. 48 making $2.35 million.

Ranking College Football Head Coaching Salaries for 2017 Season

RankCoachSchoolConferenceBase Salary
1Nick SabanAlabamaSEC$11,125,000
2Jim HarbaughMichiganBig Ten$9,004,000
3Urban MeyerOhio StBig Ten$6,094,800
4Jimbo FisherFlorida StACC$5,250,000
5Tom HermanTexasBig 12$5,250,000
6Kevin SumlinTexas A&MSEC$5,000,000
7Gus MalzahnAuburnSEC$4,729,500
8Hugh FreezeMississippiSEC$4,703,500
9James FranklinPenn StBig Ten$4,500,000
10Kirk FerentzIowaBig Ten$4,500,000
11Dabo SwinneyClemsonACC$4,422,700
12Mark DantonioMichigan StBig Ten$4,300,000
13Jim McElwainFloridaSEC$4,268,325
14Dan MullenMississippi StSEC$4,200,000
15Bret BielemaArkansasSEC$4,145,000
16Butch JonesTennesseeSEC$4,110,000
17David ShawStanfordPac-12$4,067,219
18Gary PattersonTCUBig 12$4,014,723
19Mark RichtMiami (FL)ACC$4,000,000
20Bobby PetrinoLouisvilleACC$3,910,434
21Mike GundyOklahoma StBig 12$3,775,000
22Kirby SmartGeorgiaSEC$3,753,600
23Kyle WhittinghamUtahPac-12$3,650,000
24Chris PetersenWashingtonPac-12$3,605,847
25Mark StoopsKentuckySEC$3,513,600
26Ed OrgeronLSUSEC$3,500,000
27P.J. FleckMinnesotaBig Ten$3,500,000
28Jim MoraUCLAPac-12$3,450,000
29Pat FitzgeraldNorthwesternBig Ten$3,350,638
30Kliff KingsburyTexas TechBig 12$3,306,575
31Willie TaggartOregonPac-12$3,300,000
32Jeff BrohmPurdueBig Ten$3,300,000
33Bronco MendenhallVirginiaACC$3,275,000
34Justin FuenteVirginia TechACC$3,200,000
35Bill SnyderKansas StBig 12$3,106,000
36Todd GrahamArizona StPac-12$3,103,438
37Lincoln RileyOklahomaBig 12$3,100,000
38Will MuschampSouth CarolinaSEC$3,002,500
39Dana HolgorsenWest VirginiaBig 12$2,980,000
40Mike LeachWashington StPac-12$2,950,000
41Paul JohnsonGeorgia TechACC$2,886,361
42Rich RodriguezArizonaPac-12$2,860,000
43Mike RileyNebraskaBig Ten$2,800,000
44Paul ChrystWisconsinBig Ten$2,706,200
45Derek MasonVanderbiltSEC$2,556,877
46Gary AndersenOregon StPac-12$2,550,000
47DJ DurkinMarylandBig Ten$2,412,000
48Barry OdomMissouriSEC$2,350,000
49Steve AddazioBoston CollegeACC$2,333,628
50David CutcliffeDukeACC$2,320,773
51Luke FickellCincinnatiAAC$2,300,000
52Dave DoerenNC StateACC$2,200,000
53Dave ClawsonWake ForestACC$2,113,166
54Mike MacIntyreColoradoPac-12$2,011,450
55Ken NiumataloloNavyAAC$2,000,000
56Chris AshRutgersBig Ten$2,000,000
57Matt CampbellIowa StBig 12$2,000,000
58Larry FedoraNorth CarolinaACC$1,986,265
59Justin WilcoxCaliforniaPac-12$1,900,000
60Lovie SmithIllinoisBig Ten$1,809,179
61Mike NorvellMemphisAAC$1,800,000
62Tom AllenIndianaBig Ten$1,800,000
63Scott FrostUCFAAC$1,700,000
64Brian KellyNotre DameIND$1,624,730
65Jeff TedfordFresno StMt. West$1,600,000
66Major ApplewhiteHoustonAAC$1,500,000
67Kalani SitakeBYUIND$1,500,000
68Mike BoboColorado StMWC$1,450,000
69Philip MontgomeryTulsaAAC$1,400,000
70Pat NarduzziPittsburghACC$1,310,000
71Bryan HarsinBoise StMWC$1,300,004
72Willie FritzTulaneAAC$1,200,000
73Mark HudspethLouisiana-LafayetteSun Belt$1,100,000
74Scottie MontgomeryEast CarolinaACC$1,000,000
75Charlie StrongSouth FloridaAAC$1,000,000
76Randy EdsallConnecticutAAC$1,000,000
77Lane KiffinFAUC-USA$950,000
78Jeff MonkenArmyInd.$932,521
79Craig BohlWyomingMWC$909,000
80David BailiffRiceC-USA$903,556
81Butch DavisFIUC-USA$900,000
82Troy CalhounAir ForceMWC$885,000
83Frank WilsonUTSAC-USA$835,000
84Bob DavieNew MexicoMWC$823,940
85Seth LittrellNorth TexasC-USA$815,000
86Rocky LongSan Diego StMWC$810,632
87Rick StockstillMiddle TennesseeC-USA$804,004
88David BeatyKansasBig 12$801,109
89Matt WellsUtah StateMWC$800,000
90Tim LesterWestern MichiganMAC$800,000
91Mike Sanford JrWestern KentuckyC-USA$800,000
92Doc HollidayMarshallC-USA$765,320
93Blake AndersonArkansas StSun Belt$700,000
94Jason CandleToledoMAC$675,000
95Neal BrownTroySun Belt$660,000
96Bill ClarkUABC-USA$650,000
97Everett WithersTexas StSun Belt$650,000
98Rod CareyNorthern IllinoisMAC$625,500
99Brad LambertCharlotteC-USA$600,000
100Frank SolichOhioMAC$572,715
101Bobby WilderOld DominionC-USA$569,590
102Joey JonesSouth AlabamaSun Belt$560,000
103John BonamegoCentral MichiganMAC$545,940
104Scott SatterfieldAppalachian StSun Belt$525,000
105Sean KuglerUTEPC-USA$515,332
106Skip HoltzLouisiana TechC-USA$515,000
107Shawn ElliottGeorgia StateSun Belt$515,000
108Tony SanchezUNLVMWC$510,000
109Tyson SummersGeorgia SouthernSun Belt$500,000
110Jay HopsonSouthern MissC-USA$500,000
111Chuck MartinMiami (OH)MAC$472,300
112Mark WhippleMassachusettsInd.$469,215
113Chris CreightonEastern MichiganMAC$434,840
114Mike NeuBall StateMAC$428,500
115Paul PetrinoIdahoSun Belt$417,104
116Terry BowdenAkronMAC$412,500
117Mike JinksBowling GreenMAC$410,000
118Paul HaynesKent StateMAC$406,912
119Lance LeipoldBuffaloMAC$405,500
120Nick RolovichHawaiiMWC$400,008
121Matt ViatorULMSun Belt$390,000
122Doug MartinNew Mexico StSun Belt$376,044
123Jay NorvellNevadaMWC$250,000
124Joe MogliaCoastal CarolinaSun Belt$175,000
125Geoff CollinsTempleAACN/A
126Brent BrennanSan Jose StMWCN/A
127Matt RhuleBaylorBig 12N/A
128Clay HeltonUSCPac-12N/A
129Dino BabersSyracuseACCN/A
130Chad MorrisSMUAACN/A

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