The quarterbacks coach is the person in charge of quarterbacks on a football team. He typically answers to the team's offensive coordinator and, in some instances, the two jobs may be done by the same person. Quarterbacks coaches can be found at all levels of football -- NFL, college and high school. The salaries of these coaches vary widely based on the level of the job and the experience and national profile of the coach. The highest salaries go to coaches working with star quarterbacks in the NFL.
Top quarterbacks coaches and offensive coordinators in the NFL can earn six-figure salaries; some can top $1 million. When New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was the quarterbacks coach with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005, he made at least $1 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. Specific salaries of NFL quarterbacks coaches can be hard to track because the league does not make their salaries public, such as those of head coaches. Coaches are paid on contract basis, much like players, and agree to a set base salary over a fixed period of time.
NFL Special Situations
In some instances, NFL quarterbacks coaches can make more money than is typical for their position. This commonly happens when a head coach is fired before his contract ends and takes a lesser quarterbacks coaching job with another team. In 2010, former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn was hired as quarterbacks coach job with the Baltimore Ravens but earned $2.4 million because of language in his contract with the Redskins at the time of his departure, according to The Washington Post. Zorn remained under contract with the Redskins for that amount through 2010, and insiders believe the Redskins paid Zorn the $2.4 million, minus whatever he was paid by the Ravens.
Some of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the college system belong to quarterbacks coaches. Before Norm Chow jumped to the NFL in 2005, he coached two Heisman Trophy winners (Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart) as part of national championship teams. This experience earned him about $500,000 a year, according to the Los Angeles Times. On average, though, college quarterbacks coaches earn significantly less. In 2011, the salary of South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus became public after his arrest for urinating in public, when the school penalized him one month's salary at a price of $14,600 (from a salary of $175,200 annually).
High school quarterbacks coaches earn the least money each year and typically are paid as part-time employees, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The exact salaries of high school quarterbacks coaches can vary widely by school district. Some coaches earn nothing and work on a volunteer basis, while others with larger programs can earn significantly more. On average, most high school coaches earn a stipend of $5,000 to $10,000 for their work with the team.