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Average CFB Coach Pay Up 9% From '18; Dabo Swinney Leads Way

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney "leads the way" as the highest-earning college football coach this year, bringing in $9.32M in total compensation in '19-20, according to Berkowitz, Schad & Kelly of USA TODAY. He is one of 10 coaches to earn at least $6M. The average pay on the FBS level (compensation figures were obtained for 122 of the 130 coaches) is $2.67M, a 9% increase from last season and the "largest in four years." The SEC is the first conference to have all coaches "making at least $3 million;" the average pay is $4.95M (USA TODAY, 10/23).

TOP COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH SALARIES
SCHOOL
COACH
SCHOOL PAY
TOTAL PAY
MAX BONUS
BONUSES '17-18
Clemson
Dabo Swinney
$9,255,000
$9,315,600
$1,125,000
$1,075,000
Alabama
Nick Saban
$8,707,000
$8,857,000
$1,100,000
$875,000
Michigan
Jim Harbaugh
$7,504,000
$7,504,000
$1,325,000
$350,000
Texas A&M
Jimbo Fisher
$7,500,000
$7,500,000
$1,500,000
$250,000
Georgia
Kirby Smart
$6,703,600
$6,871,600
$1,150,000
$275,000
Auburn
Gus Malzahn
$6,800,000
$6,827,589
$1,400,000
$125,000
Texas
Tom Herman
$6,750,000
$6,750,000
$725,000
$220,000
Purdue
Jeff Brohm
$6,600,000
$6,600,000
$1,290,000
$337,500
Oklahoma
Lincoln Riley
$6,384,462
$6,384,462
$950,000
$205,000
Florida
Dan Mullen
$6,070,000
$6,070,000
$925,000
$400,000
Penn State
James Franklin
$5,650,000
$5,650,000
$1,000,000
$200,000
Northwestern
Pat Fitzgerald
$5,144,937
$5,144,937
N/A
N/A
Oklahoma State
Mike Gundy
$5,125,000
$5,125,000
$900,000
$62,500
Nebraska
Scott Frost
$5,000,000
$5,000,000
$950,000
$0
South Florida
Charlie Strong
$5,000,000
$5,000,000
$815,000
$30,000
Florida State
Willie Taggart
$5,000,000
$5,000,000
$1,475,000
$0
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