The Average Salary of an Average NFL Coach

NFL coach salaries are a bit of a secret.
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The salaries of NFL coaches are a bit of a secret. The only time a coach's salary is reported is if the coach was just hired or the coach signed a new contract, and that's really only news if it involves one of the more popular teams in the league. Although the exact numbers aren't known regarding the salaries of the coaches in the NFL, some rough estimates and averages are available


NFL Coaches Description

A coach in the National Football League, often referred to as the NFL, coaches professional football players hired to play on one of the 32 teams in the league. Coaches are tasked with making sure the players are in top physical form, understand their positions and the plays. An NFL coach is part coach, part boss and, in some cases, part surrogate parent.


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NFL Coaches Education Requirements

Many coaches have college degrees because they played football in college. There is no particular field of study required, but many coaches have degrees in exercise science, physical education and physical therapy.


NFL Coaches Industry

NFL coaches work in the National Football League

NFL Coaches Years of Experience

NFL head coaches may have many years of coaching experience before they land their first head coaching job. That experience could include assistant coaching or as a coordinator for other NFL teams, coaching at the college level or even at the high school level.


NFL Coaches Growth Trend

The number of NFL coaches is determined by the number of teams in the league. Job opportunities will present themselves through attrition, promotions and team owners determining if a change in coaching is required to move the team forward.


Different Coaches Make Different Salaries

As with most organizations, there are several levels on an NFL coaching staff. At the top is the head coach, followed by offensive, defensive and special teams coordinators. The bottom rung is made up of the assistant coaches. Generally speaking, the salaries are higher at the top than at the bottom, but there are cases where coordinators are making almost as much as head coaches


Average NFL Coach Salary

The highest-paid coaches in the NFL make plenty of money. As of the 2019-2020 season, Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots was the highest-paid NFL head coach, with a base salary of $12.5 million a year. Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks was second, with an annual salary of $11 million. At the bottom of the list was Atlanta Falcon's head coach Dan Quinn with a salary of $4.5 million a year. Doing the math, the average head coach salary is $8.5 million, which checks out when you consider several coaches, such as Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs and Matt Rhule of the Carolina Panthers, make between $8 and 8.5 million each.


Offensive, defensive and special teams coordinators typically make less than head coaches. Coordinators can make up to $400,000 per year, while assistant coaches make on average $200,000 a year, depending on the team and the number of coaches on each team.