The Highest NCAA Football Coach Salaries of 2020

Here are the highest-paid coaches of the 2020 season of the National Collegiate Association.

Bar Chart Showing the “Top Ten” in highest paid salaries (in order)

According to USA Today, Alabama’s Nick Saban ranks number one as the highest-paid coach of 2020 for NCAA Football.

Saban out-ranked other coaches with his total pay being $9,300,000. Saban has been a coach at the University of Alabama since 2007. His success as a coach had him inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame back in 2013.

Alabama Crimson Tide had been recognized for being one of the first to declare plans to play at full capacity this upcoming season. This announcement had been made by its athletic director, Greg Bryne.

The second-highest-paid coach, Ed Orgeron, is the coach of Louisiana State. He earned a total pay of $8,918,500. Despite his coaching record at Louisiana State, he is notably recognized for his personality. This recently led to someone playing him in the NBC series “Young Rock” which depicts the early life of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

William Christopher “Dabo” Swinney ranks third on the list, earning a total pay of $8,319,775. As head coach at Clemson University, he led the Clemson Tigers to national championship victory back in 2016 and 2018.

As the fourth highest-ranked-coach, Jim Harbaugh has been head coach of the Michigan Wolverines since 2015. He was a former quarterback for Michigan back in 1985. His total pay for last year was $8,036,179.

Michigan Wolverines Football recently announced the transfer of Alan Bowman. As a former quarterback for Texas Tech, he has a record of 78th in offensive yards per game and 44th in yards in pass per game.

Several changes have been made to these top teams following the recent signing day on February 3, 2021. This signing day being rather normal in comparison to early signing day which was conducted during a higher peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been several limitations on recruit visits and in-person evaluations of aspiring players.

Despite these limitations, many coaches hadn’t faced strong changes in their salaries for 2020. According to the data table provided by USA Today, several coaches, including Saban, had not faced a reduction in salary at the cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.