How Much Do College Football Coaches Make?

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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Sep 24, 2023, 2:32 PM

In 2022, the average college football salary for a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coach was about $3.6 million.

That number is slightly inflated because of how much top-end coaches are paid. The median salary of all 131 FBS head coaches was $3 million.

In 2022, the salary list showed some pretty wild variance. The highest-paid college football coaches, like Nick Saban and Kirby Smart, now make at least $10 million per year. 

Meanwhile, the least-paid coaches on the list – Bowling Green head coach Scot Loeffler and UL-Monroe head coach Terry Bowden – both had a compensation package of about $600,000.

College football head coaches at the FCS, Division II, or Division III level are often paid very middle-class salaries. 

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.