In what has become an annual tradition, Steve Berkowitz and the fine folks at USA Today have today released the 2019 version of the college football coach salary database.

In less than surprising news, Dabo, Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh and Jimbo Fisher lead the way; and 4 of the top 6 highest paid coaches hail from the SEC where clearly #ItJustMeansMore. The SEC also pays every coach in their league at least $3 million per season, which is the only conference in college football to do so.

USA Today shares that after crunching the numbers of the 122 coaches that they have salary information on, they’ve found that the average FBS head coach’s salary is $2.67 million, which is up 9% since last year.

31 coaches, about 25% of all FBS programs, make at least $3 million annually. Back in 2006 when USA started doing the coaching salary database, there was just one guy making that – Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops.

The coaches with the lowest annual compensation according to the database? That would be Jamey Chadwell ($360k – Coastal Carolina), Matt Viator ($390k – UL Monroe), Doug Martin ($422 – New Mexico State), and Sean Lewis ($440k – Kent State). Lowest paid head coach in a Power Five conference? Indiana’s Tom Allen at $1.85 million.

Head to USA Today for the full dataset.


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