10 highest-paid college football coaches (and are they worth it?)


The highest-paid college football coaches have annual salaries that’ll make anyone’s head spin, but that’s why they’re put in charge of numerous young men and tasked with shepherding powerhouse programs to perpetual prominence.

While some coaches on this list at the nation’s premier football schools probably aren’t going to surprise, the order may well be a shock to many, and there are some names on here who are bound to shock people.

Without further ado, here are the 10 highest-paid college football coaches by annual salary as of the most recent season. This group is compiled from USA Today‘s list, but takes into account coaching changes, compensation information, or lack thereof, and the latest available information.


Just missed:

Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern – $5.748 million

Chip Kelly, UCLA Bruins – $5.6 million

Mel Tucker, Michigan State – $5.566 million

Steve Sarkisian, Texas – $5.45 million


10. Gary Patterson salary: $6.1 million (TCU) – FIRED

After 22 seasons with the TCU Horned Frogs, Gary Patterson is out as head coach. The long-time Horned Frogs’ head coach and the university agreed to part ways on Oct. 31, 2021. The 61-year-old took over at TCU in 2000, after serving as the team’s defensive coordinator and safeties’ coach beginning in 1998. TCU enjoyed a double-digit win season in 2017, winning the Alamo Bowl. Buf with the Horned Frogs set to miss out on bowl eligibility, it was time to move on.


9. Ryan Day salary: $6.614 million (Ohio State)

Stepping in as Urban Meyer’s successor couldn’t have been easy for Ryan Day, but the Buckeyes haven’t missed a beat since he took the reins. In two full seasons as Ohio State’s head coach, Day has earned his helmet stickers so to speak, compiling a 20-2 record, a perfect 14-0 mark in Big Ten play and two College Football Playoff berths. Day’s new contract nets him a raise in pay from 2021 on, but he still trails some of the highest-paid college football coaches by a significant amount.

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