College Football Head Coach Salaries as of Jan 1, 2021

2021 edition of highest-paid NCAA Division I FBS head coaches

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RankCoachSchoolTotal PayConf.Scheduled School PayContract Year Pandemic ReductionActual School PayTotal Pandemic ReductionSchool Buyout
as of 12/1/2021
1Nick SabanAlabama$9,753,221*SEC$9,500,000$0*$9,500,000$0*$38,400,000
2Ed OrgeronLouisiana State$9,012,917*SEC$8,687,500$300,000*$8,387,500$300,000*$17,150,000
3David ShawStanford$8,924,683*Pac-12$8,924,683$0*$8,924,683$0*
4Dabo SwinneyClemson$8,370,775*ACC$9,508,575$1,250,000*$8,258,575$1,250,000*$47,500,000
5Lincoln RileyOklahoma$7,672,710*Big 12$7,857,293$214,583*$7,642,710$515,000*$25,188,000
6Dan MullenFlorida$7,570,000*SEC$7,570,000$0*$7,570,000$0*$12,000,000
7Jimbo FisherTexas A&M$7,500,000*SEC$7,500,000$0*$7,500,000$0*$95,575,000
8Kirby SmartGeorgia$7,133,600SEC$7,003,600$7,003,600$14,614,167
9Ryan DayOhio State$6,614,693*Big Ten$6,750,000$135,307*$6,614,693$236,877*$28,416,668
10Gary PattersonTexas Christian$6,103,543Big 12$6,103,543$6,103,543
11Pat FitzgeraldNorthwestern$5,748,179Big Ten$5,748,179$5,748,179
12Chip KellyUCLA$5,600,000*Pac-12$5,600,000$0*$5,600,000$0*$9,000,000
13Mel TuckerMichigan State$5,566,303*Big Ten$5,632,553$166,250*$5,466,303$266,000*$19,284,375
14Steve SarkisianTexas$5,450,000*Big 12$5,450,000$0*$5,450,000$0*$20,603,333
15Mark StoopsKentucky$5,263,600SEC$5,250,000$5,250,000$19,921,875
16Kyle WhittinghamUtah$5,200,000*Pac-12$5,200,000$0*$5,200,000$365,822*$18,250,000
17Scott FrostNebraska$5,000,000*Big Ten$5,000,000$0*$5,000,000$166,667*$20,416,667
18Kirk FerentzIowa$5,000,000*Big Ten$5,000,000$0*$5,000,000$100,000*$16,503,333
19Bryan HarsinAuburn$5,000,000SEC$5,000,000$5,000,000$17,791,667
20Mike LeachMississippi State$5,000,000*SEC$5,000,000$0*$5,000,000$0*
21Lane KiffinMississippi$4,841,937*SEC$5,000,000$158,063*$4,841,937$293,813*
22Pat NarduzziPittsburgh$4,816,806ACC$4,816,806$4,816,806
23Clay HeltonSouthern California$4,813,832*Pac-12$4,813,832$0*$4,813,832$0*
24P.J. FleckMinnesota$4,420,000*Big Ten$4,650,000$230,000*$4,420,000$548,320*$15,851,875
25Jeff BrohmPurdue$4,417,774*Big Ten$5,000,000$582,226*$4,417,774$873,340*$18,966,667
26Mario CristobalOregon$4,402,917*Pac-12$4,600,000$197,083*$4,402,917$360,208*$15,030,000
27Paul ChrystWisconsin$4,362,750*Big Ten$4,650,000$321,250*$4,328,750$751,250*$19,103,724
28Tom AllenIndiana$4,260,000*Big Ten$4,310,000$50,000*$4,260,000$50,000*$30,000,000
29Bronco MendenhallVirginia$4,251,500*ACC$4,250,000$0*$4,250,000$264,794*$13,281,250
30Mike GundyOklahoma State$4,203,125*Big 12$4,375,000$171,875*$4,203,125$263,021*$7,119,792
31Bret BielemaIllinois$4,200,000Big Ten$4,200,000$4,200,000$15,138,425
32Jim HarbaughMichigan$4,030,901*Big Ten$4,000,000$0*$4,000,000$264,687*$4,444,444
33Dana HolgorsenHouston$4,000,000*AAC$4,000,000$0*$4,000,000$190,000*$5,431,250
34Greg SchianoRutgers$4,000,000*Big Ten$4,000,000$0*$4,000,000$266,664*$19,218,750
35Josh HeupelTennessee$4,000,000*SEC$4,000,000$0*$4,000,000$0*$20,666,667
36Eliah DrinkwitzMissouri$4,000,000*SEC$4,000,000$0*$4,000,000$100,000*$11,550,000
37Matt CampbellIowa State$4,000,000*Big 12$4,000,000$0*$4,000,000$248,562*$28,333,333
38Herm EdwardsArizona State$3,886,500Pac-12$3,700,000$3,700,000$11,408,333
39Justin FuenteVirginia Tech$3,825,000*ACC$4,250,000$425,000*$3,825,000$425,000*$10,000,000
40Mike NorvellFlorida State$3,750,000*ACC$4,250,000$500,000*$3,750,000$968,750*$16,220,833
41Dave ClawsonWake Forest$3,611,071ACC$3,611,071$3,611,071
42Dino BabersSyracuse$3,504,958ACC$3,504,958$3,504,958
43Justin WilcoxCalifornia$3,444,996*Pac-12$3,600,000$155,004*$3,444,996$228,756*$16,158,333
44Mack BrownNorth Carolina$3,431,250*ACC$2,800,000$68,750*$2,731,250$112,500*$2,406,250
45Luke FickellCincinnati$3,400,000*AAC$3,400,000$0*$3,400,000$85,000*$20,400,000
46Karl DorrellColorado$3,240,000*Pac-12$3,400,000$160,000*$3,240,000$320,000*$14,800,000
47Dave DoerenNC State$3,180,000*ACC$3,500,000$325,000*$3,175,000$460,417*$7,656,250
48Scott SatterfieldLouisville$3,087,500ACC$3,250,000$162,500$3,087,500$325,000$7,515,625
49Jimmy LakeWashington$3,040,972*Pac-12$3,100,000$59,028*$3,040,972$92,088*$10,416,667
50Matt WellsTexas Tech$3,034,083*Big 12$3,100,000$65,917*$3,034,083$193,083*$7,099,601
51Nick RolovichWashington State$3,000,000*Pac-12$3,000,000$0*$3,000,000$181,250*$4,300,000
52Neal BrownWest Virginia$2,997,500*Big 12$3,155,000$157,500*$2,997,500$312,500*$20,462,500
53David CutcliffeDuke$2,957,001ACC$2,957,001$2,957,001
54Sam PittmanArkansas$2,925,000*SEC$3,000,000$75,000*$2,925,000$175,000*
55Chris KliemanKansas State$2,915,292*Big 12$3,100,000$184,708*$2,915,292$360,750*$15,493,750
56Geoff CollinsGeorgia Tech$2,883,115*ACC$3,200,000$317,885*$2,882,115$317,885*$14,066,667
57Lance LeipoldKansas$2,800,000*Big 12$2,800,000$0*$2,800,000$0*$10,651,667
58Shane BeamerSouth Carolina$2,750,000SEC$2,750,000$2,750,000$7,298,958
59Jedd FischArizona$2,683,449*Pac-12$2,300,000$16,551*$2,283,449$16,551*$6,695,000
60Brian KellyNotre Dame$2,670,213*INDEP$2,670,213$0*$2,670,213$0*
61Mike LocksleyMaryland$2,538,100*Big Ten$2,715,100$177,000*$2,538,100$265,500*$6,138,426
62Jonathan SmithOregon State$2,444,000*Pac-12$2,500,000$56,000*$2,444,000$168,000*$5,812,500
63Gus MalzahnCentral Florida$2,320,000*AAC$2,320,000$0*$2,320,000$0*$10,350,000
64Ken NiumataloloNavy$2,316,000AAC$2,316,000$2,316,000
65Jeff ScottSouth Florida$2,220,000*AAC$2,400,000$180,000*$2,220,000$247,500*
66Rod CareyTemple$2,099,908*AAC$2,099,908$0*$2,099,908$0*
67Billy NapierUL Lafayette$2,000,000S-Belt$2,000,000$2,000,000$4,900,000
68Willie FritzTulane$1,939,000AAC$1,939,000$1,939,000
69Seth LittrellNorth Texas$1,900,000*CUSA$1,900,000$0*$1,900,000$0*$2,925,000
70Philip MontgomeryTulsa$1,798,643AAC$1,798,643$1,798,643
71Bill ClarkUAB$1,653,000CUSA$1,550,000$1,550,000$7,591,667
72Ryan SilverfieldMemphis$1,623,331*AAC$1,800,000$176,669*$1,623,331$235,559*$4,710,000
73Craig BohlWyoming$1,594,508*MWC$1,612,000$17,492*$1,594,508$69,960*$5,079,408
74Steve AddazioColorado State$1,550,000MWC$1,550,000$1,550,000$5,000,000
75Mike HoustonEast Carolina$1,535,667AAC$1,593,000$58,333$1,534,667$93,210$1,000,000
76Brent BrennanSan Jose State$1,500,000MWC$1,500,000$1,500,000$5,725,000
77Andy AvalosBoise State$1,500,000MWC$1,500,000$1,500,000$5,109,808
78Marcus ArroyoUNLV$1,500,000MWC$1,500,000$1,500,000$3,618,750
79Kalen DeBoerFresno State$1,350,000MWC$1,350,000$1,350,000$3,450,000
80Sonny DykesSouthern Methodist$1,307,094AAC$1,307,094$1,307,094
81Randy EdsallConnecticut$1,256,000*INDEP$1,256,000$0*$1,256,000$0*
82Jason CandleToledo$1,177,350*MAC$1,200,000$25,000*$1,175,000$75,000*$1,458,333
83Hugh FreezeLiberty$1,138,306INDEP$1,138,306$1,138,306
84Butch DavisFlorida International$1,093,956CUSA$1,093,956$1,093,956$45,582
85Brady HokeSan Diego State$1,050,000MWC$1,050,000$1,050,000$5,312,500
86Blake AndersonUtah State$1,000,000*MWC$1,000,000$0*$1,000,000$0*$3,250,000
87Mike BloomgrenRice$934,171CUSA$934,171$934,171
88Rick StockstillMiddle Tennessee$910,504CUSA$901,504$901,504$4,998,699
89Jamey ChadwellCoastal Carolina$871,250*S-Belt$871,250$0*$871,250$13,410*$2,650,052
90Jim McElwainCentral Michigan$840,000*MAC$840,000$0*$840,000$6,000*$2,000,000
91Jeff TraylorTexas-San Antonio$830,000*CUSA$830,000$0*$830,000$57,500*$2,867,183
92Butch JonesArkansas State$825,000S-Belt$825,000$825,000$2,041,667
93Todd GrahamHawaii$800,000*MWC$800,000$0*$800,000$0*$1,310,429
94Will HallSouthern Mississippi$800,000CUSA$800,000$800,000$2,466,667
95Jake SpavitalTexas State$800,000S-Belt$800,000$800,000$796,712
96Will HealyCharlotte$793,901*CUSA$805,000$11,099*$793,901$19,423*$2,104,167
97Shawn ElliottGeorgia State$779,000S-Belt$779,000$779,000$1,500,000
98Skip HoltzLouisiana Tech$779,000CUSA$775,000$775,000$3,002,083
99Shawn ClarkAppalachian State$775,000*S-Belt$775,000$0*$775,000$0*$3,000,000
100Willie TaggartFlorida Atlantic$775,000*CUSA$775,000$0*$775,000$0*$2,250,000
101Ricky RahneOld Dominion$762,296CUSA$762,296$762,296$2,334,532
102Charles HuffMarshall$755,500CUSA$755,500$755,500$2,392,417
103Tyson HeltonWestern Kentucky$751,470*CUSA$800,004$53,334*$746,670$153,334*$600,000
104Chip LindseyTroy$750,000S-Belt$750,000$750,000$670,000
105Dana DimelTexas El Paso$748,966*CUSA$786,999$41,533*$745,466$71,200*$830,666
106Tim LesterWestern Michigan$709,700*MAC$800,000$100,000*$700,000$200,000*$400,000
107Kane WommackSouth Alabama$700,000S-Belt$700,000$700,000$2,151,563
108Danny GonzalesNew Mexico$700,000MWC$700,000$700,000$1,600,000
109Chad LunsfordGeorgia Southern$680,000*S-Belt$680,000$0*$680,000$0*
110Maurice LinguistBuffalo$675,000MAC$675,000$675,000$1,939,583
111Thomas HammockNorthern Illinois$630,609*MAC$630,609$0*$630,609$52,020*$1,408,308
112Walt BellMassachusetts$628,750*INDEP$660,000$31,250*$628,750$62,500*$939,212
113Jay NorvellNevada$619,250*MWC$625,000$5,750*$619,250$6,900*$1,979,167
114Chuck MartinMiami (Ohio)$541,667*MAC$560,000$18,333*$541,667$55,000*$1,250,000
115Tim AlbinOhio$535,000MAC$535,000$535,000$579,583
116Mike NeuBall State$534,867*MAC$550,000$20,133*$529,867$45,300*$1,100,000
117Chris CreightonEastern Michigan$515,000*MAC$515,000$0*$515,000$21,117*$1,000,000
118Sean LewisKent State$510,000*MAC$510,000$0*$510,000$0*$2,245,000
119Tom ArthAkron$496,083*MAC$500,000$3,917*$496,083$47,000*$648,853
120Scot LoefflerBowling Green$475,000*MAC$525,000$50,000*$475,000$100,000*$1,050,000
121Doug MartinNew Mexico State$437,000INDEP$437,000$437,000$254,917
122Terry BowdenUL Monroe$430,000*S-Belt$430,000$0*$430,000$0*$175,000
123Jeff MonkenArmyINDEP
124James FranklinPenn State$0*Big Ten$7,000,000$0*$0*
125Kalani SitakeBrigham YoungINDEP
126Manny DiazMiami$0*ACC$0*$0*
127Jeff HafleyBoston CollegeACC
128Troy CalhounAir ForceMWC
129Dave ArandaBaylorBig 12
130Clark LeaVanderbiltSEC

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