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Who is the highest-paid NFL coach? (Today and All-Time)

Highest-paid NFL coach
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Interested in discovering who the highest-paid NFL coach is? You’ll find your answer and plenty more in this breakdown of football coach salaries. However, it should be noted these numbers are not official. Most coach salaries are not revealed to the public, but here’s the best information we have.

Highest-paid NFL coach in 2024

9. Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles, $6-7 million per year

The Philadelphia Eagles hired Nick Sirianni away from the Indianapolis Colts after three seasons coordinating the offense. Sirianni immediately helped lead the Eagles to the playoffs in his first year. In 2022, Sirianni’s Eagles were the last undefeated team in football, and they also made it to the Super Bowl. After losing both coordinators to other head coaching roles, Sirianni had to work even harder to earn his paycheck in 2023.

8. Doug Pederson, Jacksonville Jaguars, $8.5 million

Convincing Doug Pederson to return to being an NFL head coach likely wasn’t difficult for the Jacksonville Jaguars, boasting Trevor Lawrence as a bargaining chip. But making Pederson one of the top-earning NFL coaches probably didn’t hurt either.

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7. Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers, $10 million per year

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As the son of Mike, Kyle Shanahan was literally born into the game of football. Growing up around the sport, he’s now one of the brightest offensive minds in the NFL, and he’s paid as such.

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6. John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens, $12 million per year

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John Harbaugh signed on to be the Baltimore Ravens’ head coach with an expertise in special teams in 2008. Ever since, he’s led just two losing seasons and even won a Super Bowl ring in 2012. Now Harbaugh has an NFL MVP in Lamar Jackson but hasn’t been able to get back to the promised land.

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5. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers, $12.5 million per year

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Mike Tomlin had zero previous head coaching experience when hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007. But he quickly led them to a Super Bowl victory in just his second season at the age of 36. While he hasn’t won a playoff game since 2016, Tomlin has become one of the best coaches in football, and his paycheck reflects his skills.

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4. Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams, $14 million per year

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When hired in 2017, Sean McVay was the youngest head coach in NFL history at 30 years old. The Los Angeles Rams have missed the playoffs just twice ever since. In 2022, he became the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl LVI, earning him a raise.

Now, McVay is reportedly the highest-paid NFL coach. McVay’s even had opportunities to get involved in media, offering him similar pay and much less day-to-day stress, but then he wouldn’t be able to coach the LA Rams, which is a tough gig to turn down.

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3. Jim Harbaugh, Los Angeles Chargers: $16 million per year

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Who has it better than Jim Harbaugh? Not many. After leading the Michigan Wolverines to the College Football Playoff National Championship, Harbaugh finally found a path back to being an NFL head coach with the Los Angeles Chargers. With a Super Bowl in sight, can he knock the next item off his bucket list? The Chargers are reportedly making Harbaugh one of the highest-paid coaches in the NFL just to find out.

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2. Sean Payton, Denver Broncos: $18 million per year

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Suddenly the highest-paid head coach in the NFL today, Sean Payton became a top earner after being acquired from the New Orleans Saints in a blockbuster trade after the 2022 season. In addition to giving up a first-round pick in 2023 and a second-rounder in 2024, Denver inked Payton to a contract that will pay him between $85 million and $100 million over five years.

The last time we saw a commitment this large was when the Raiders handed Jon Gruden a 10-year, $100 million contract in 2018. Denver hopes making Payton the highest-paid NFL coach turns out a bit differently, but his first year didn’t get off to a strong start.

1. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs, $20 million per year

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What is Andy Reid’s salary? A lot of people are curious. Reid, or sometimes affectionately called Big Red, has been an NFL head coach for 25 years, but it wasn’t until he got to the Kansas City Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes that he won the big game, becoming a Super Bowl champion in 2019.

He also won AP Coach of the Year in his fourth season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002. Now, he’s a three-time Super Bowl champ after winning again in 2024. After being the most underpaid NFL head coach, Big Red finally got a big raise after his latest Super Bowl win, and he’s now fourth on the all-time wins list, earning $25 million per season.

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Highest-paid NFL coaches – Honorable mentions

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, $20 million per year

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Unsurprisingly, the greatest coach of all time was the highest-paid NFL head coach in recent memory. Six Super Bowl rings suggest Belichick’s worth every penny. The question is how successful can coach Belichick be without Tom Brady? So far, despite previously being the highest-paid NFL coach of all time, Belichick has been frozen out of the 2024 hiring cycle.

Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks, $15 million per year

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Even at 72, Pete Carroll still seems like he could coach for a few more years. While the Seahawks have moved on, Carroll earned a spot among the NFL’s highest-paid coaches by having a career .586 winning percentage in addition to a Super Bowl victory in 2013.

Jon Gruden, Las Vegas Raiders, $10 million

Jon Gruden was living the life in Vegas until he resigned from the league after some foolish emails unsurfaced in 2021. He was just four years into a 10-year, $100 million contract, earning an annual salary that placed him as the third-highest-paid NFL coach.

Mike Vrabel, Tennessee Titans, $9.5 million per year

He won three Super Bowls as a linebacker with the New England Patriots, but now Mike Vrabel is trying to win some hardware as a coach with the Tennessee Titans. He’s led the team to three playoff appearances in five seasons but is coming off the first losing record of Vrabel’s NFL career. The 2023 season could be crucial for Vrabel.

Frank Reich, Indianapolis Colts, $9 million

Despite not being their first choice to become the franchise’s head coach (Josh McDaniels), the Indianapolis Colts were happy to land on Frank Reich after the former NFL QB helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. After coaching the Colts to the playoffs in two of his five seasons at the helm, Indianapolis fired Reich after a 3-5-1 start in 2022. He then landed with the Carolina Panthers at an unknown salary but was quickly fired after a 1-10 start.

Matt Rhule, Carolina Panthers, $8.8 million

Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper gave Matt Rhule an enticing seven-year, $62 million contract offer he couldn’t refuse. He made it through parts of just three seasons before being fired after an 11-27 start to his career. Rhule has since taken a job coaching the Nebraska Cornhuskers, where he’s earning $5.5 million in 2023.

Who is the lowest-paid NFL coach today?

Several sources indicate Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski is currently the NFL’s lowest-paid head coach. Stefanski reportedly makes $3.5 million per season. He has coached in Cleveland for four seasons and has taken the Browns to the playoffs twice so far.

Here is a list of the lowest-paid NFL head coaches in 2024.

  • Kevin Stefanski, Cleveland Browns – $3.5 million
  • Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys – $4 million
  • Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals – $4.5 million
  • Robert Saleh, New York Jets – $5 million
  • Matt LaFleur, Green Bay Packers – $5 million
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