Credit: Austin American-Statesman

Every year our friends at USA Today update their incredibly-helpful database of FBS coaching salaries. It’s a treasure trove of information and the most helpful tool in tracking the college football industry.

But now we have a database that may be even more interesting than that.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has created a similar database compiling the salaries of head football coaches at Texas’s 6A and 5A programs — the largest classifications in our country’s most high school football-crazed state. (The Star-Telegram has produced incredible high school football content, including a great documentary series on powerhouse Aledo’s program.)

The highest-paid coach in the state is Hank Carter of Austin Lake Travis, the powerhouse that produced Baker Mayfield and dozens of other college players. He makes $155,156, which is $20,000 above the next-highest paid coach, Dickinson’s John Snelson. The lowest-paid coach in Texas earns $32,760, which is an even more extreme outlier. The next-lowest earns $53,878. All but four Class 6A and 5A coaches earn at least $70,000 a year.

Of the 499 6A and 5A coaches spread across the state — again, Texas has 499 football-playing high schools in its two largest classifications alone — 243 (nearly 49%) earn at least $100,000 a year. The median salary is $99,542.

It feels like the right time to bring back this quote.

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