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Who Are The Highest-Paid Coaches in American Sports?
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Money talks. In the sports world, the influence and power of massive institutions from the college level up to the professional ranks is reflected in the head coaches leading those teams. Excluding what massive contracts soccer clubs like Manchester City or Real Madrid fork over for high-quality managers, American sports take up a massive chunk of every highest-paid coaching list you’ll find around the world.

Forbes compiled a list of the 20 highest-paid coaches in American sports based on their average contract value as 2019 came to a close. Unsurprisingly, half of the list were NFL coaches with playoff and Super Bowl experience. In addition, five of them were NBA coaches, three are college football coaches, and two are college coaches in charge of national championship-caliber NCAA basketball programs.

Highest-Paid Coaches in American Sports

20. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Wolverines

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Average Contract Value: $7.73 million

Career Win Percentage: .667 (College Football)

19. Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers

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Average Contract Value: $7.75 million (Fired on Dec. 3)

Career Win Percentage: .546 (NFL)

18. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs

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Average Contract Value: $8 million

Career Win Percentage: .613 (NFL)

T-15. Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks

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Average Contract Value: $8 million

Career Win Percentage: .547 (NBA)

T-15. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Average Contract Value: $8 million

Career Win Percentage: .650 (NFL)

T-15. Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons

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Average Contract Value: $8 million

Career Win Percentage: .513 (NFL)

T-13. Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat

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Average Contract Value: $8.5 million

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Career Win Percentage: .594 (NBA)

T-13. Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams

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Average Contract Value: $8.5 million

Career Win Percentage: .705 (NFL)

12. John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats

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Average Contract Value: $8.6 million

Career Win Percentage: .781 (College Basketball)

T-10. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Blue Devils

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Average Contract Value: $9 million

Career Win Percentage: .768 (College Basketball)

T-10. John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens

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Average Contract Value: $9 million

Career Win Percentage: .606 (NFL)

9. Dabo Swinney, Clemson Tigers

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Average Contract Value: $9.3 million

Career Win Percentage: .810 (College Football)

8. Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide

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Average Contract Value: $9.4 million

Career Win Percentage: .791 (College Football)

7. Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors

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Average Contract Value: $9.5 million

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Career Win Percentage: .755 (NBA)

6. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints

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Average Contract Value: $9.75 million

Career Win Percentage: .627 (NFL)

T-4. Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders

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Average Contract Value: $10 million

Career Win Percentage: .515 (NFL)

T-4. Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers

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Average Contract Value: $10 million

Career Win Percentage: .578 (NBA)

T-2. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

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Average Contract Value: $11 million

Career Win Percentage: .602 (NFL)

T-2. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

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Average Contract Value: $11 million

Career Win Percentage: .680 (NBA)

1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

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Average Contract Value: $12 million

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Career Win Percentage: .684 (NFL)

MORE: The 25 Highest-Paid College Football Coaches of 2019

John Duffley About the author:
John joins the FanBuzz team with five years of experience freelancing as a sports writer for TheDupes.net and Football.com. A graduate of Penn State University, John currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. He is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
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