Coaching salaries typically move in one direction — up — but Nebraska will pay Scott Frost’s staff less in 2020 than it did in 2019.

Which couldn’t necessarily come as a surprise after a season that began in the AP Top 25 ended at 5-7.

No individual coach will take a pay cut; the slight drop (1 percent) is due to losing two assistants and replacing them with lower-salaried coaches. Offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Troy Walters and his $700,000 salary was not retained and replaced by Matt Lubick, who signed a 2-year contract at $500,000 per year.

After losing JoVan Dewitt to North Carolina, Frost re-hired Mike Dawson — Nebraska’s defensive line coach in 2018 — as outside linebackers coach. That moved provided $125,000 in savings for Nebraska.

Those savings will be short lived, though. Dawson’s salary will jump to $500,000 in 2021 and $550,000 in 2022 as part of a 3-year contract he signed to leave the New York Giants.

Strength coach Zach Duval earns $400,000 per year, 14th most in the nation.

All information comes courtesy of Husker Online and the USA Today salary database.

Coach 2019 Salary 2020 Salary Change
Scott Frost (HC) $5 million $5 million None
Erik Chinander (DC/LBs) $800,000 $800,000 None
Matt Lubick (OC/WRs) $700,000* $500,000 -$200,000 (-29%)
Greg Austin (OL/RGC) $500,000 $500,000 None
Travis Fisher (DBs) $325,000 $450,000 $125,000 (39%)
Sean Beckton (TEs) $400,000 $400,000 None
Ryan Held (RBs/RC) $300,000 $400,000 $100,000 (33%)
Mario Verduzco (QBs) $375,000 $375,000 None
Tony Tuioti (DL) $375,000 $375,000 None
Mike Dawson (OLBs) $475,000* $325,000 -$150,000 (-32%)
Barrett Ruud (ILBs) $225,000 $225,000 None
Total $9.475 million $9.35 million -$125,000 (-1%)

* – Salary earned by staff member no longer at Nebraska

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