Top 10 Highest-Paid Coaches in College Football


Much has been made in recent years about the monetary aspect of college football and college sports in general. It’s estimated that the highest-paid state employee in about half of the United States is the college football coach. College football coaches are being paid more than medical school deans, law school deans and college professors among other notable professions.

This is an interesting aspect of college sports that many people argue is fine because of the large amounts of revenue these teams bring to the schools that they represent. The amount of exposure that these teams bring to their universities justifies the extreme salaries their head coaches get paid.

The highest-paid coaches in college football are men who have worked hard over the years to improve their teams and get ahead of the competition with the aim of qualifying for BCS games. Many of these coaches work so hard that they find themselves moving on to other high-end jobs elsewhere, including jobs within top tier university programs and even contracts in the NFL.

The amount of effort that goes into trying to make it in the world of college football can be a challenge but some coaches have done so well that their salary reflects their success. Sometimes these salaries come from their schools being larger and more capable of rewarding their staff for high levels of performance. Some schools, on the other hand, just don’t have huge budgets. For instance, Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey only made $375,000 in 2013, even though his team had been considered to be a BCS upset favourite for a while.

This list of the ten highest-paid coaches for the 2013 college football season includes coaches that are in some high-end programs that can afford to pay extremely high salaries. They also include coaches that have shown a strong amount of success over the years. All statistics are also as of November 21, 2013.

10. Charlie Strong – Louisville – $3.7 Million in 2013

Charlie Strong got a $1.3 million raise in his salary following the 2012 season moving him up to a $3.7 million total for this year. Strong has become one of the college scene’s higher-paid coaches for the Cardinals’ first season in the American Athletic Conference. His current salary makes him the highest-paid coach outside the SEC, Big Ten and Big XII, the conferences to which all the other coaches on this list belong.