Interested in discovering who the highest-paid NFL coach is? You’ll find that out and plenty more in this breakdown of football coach salaries. Although it should be noted, these numbers are not official. Most coach salaries are not revealed to the public.
Since getting his chance to be an NFL head coach at the age of 40, Matt LaFleur has posted three consecutive 13-win seasons with Aaron Rodgers running the show. His next test will be getting past the Divisional Round.
After jumping from college to the pros in 2019, Kliff Kingsbury has taken the Arizona Cardinals from the 3-13 team he inherited to an 11-6 record, reaching the playoffs in his third season as head coach. Kingsbury is yet another example of how unproven coaches can have some success in the NFL.
After a solid playing career as a linebacker, playing his role with the ’85 Bears, Ron Rivera has since turned into a respected coach with 11 years at the helm. His peak came in 2015, when the Carolina Panthers went 15-1 on the way to a Super Bowl appearance, Riverboat Ron has been trying to get back ever since.
Andy Reid, or sometimes affectionately called Big Red, has been an NFL head coach for 24 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 back in his fourth season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002.
Mike Tomlin had zero previous head coaching experience when hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007. While he hasn’t won a playoff game since 2016, Tomlin has since become one of the best coaches in football, and his paycheck reflects his skills.
John Harbaugh signed on to be the Baltimore Ravens head coach with a specialty in special teams in 2008. Ever since, he’s experienced just two losing seasons and even won a Super Bowl ring in 2012.
Even at the age of 70, Pete Carroll is still going strong in Seattle, he’s earned this spot among the NFL’s highest-paid coaches by having a career .593 winning percentage in addition to a Super Bowl victory in 2013.
Amazingly, the greatest coach of all time is no longer the top-earning NFL coach, but he still is believed to make an annual salary of $12.5 million. Six Super Bowl rings suggest Belichick’s worth every penny.
When hired in 2017, Sean McVay was the youngest head coach in NFL history at 30 years old. The Los Angeles Rams haven’t missed the playoffs since. In 2022, he won Super Bowl LVI, becoming the youngest coach to do so.
Now, he’s reportedly the highest-paid NFL coach, which also makes him the highest-paid NFL coach of all time. 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. The Rams have officially announced McVay’s extension, but there is still no word on the exact dollar amount he’s raking in.
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.