How Much Money Do College Football's Best Coaches Make Per Hour?

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How Much Money Do College Football's Best Coaches Make Per Hour?
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According to, head college football coaches work, on average, 100 hours per week, a number that may make you wonder what the hourly rate is for the guys who have consistently pumped out winning teams.

Yes, we know what they make per year, but what do they make for 60 minutes on the job?

The following slideshow utilizes the information in the latest college football salaries database provided by and works out the hourly pay rate of 25 of the most successful coaches in the FBS.

If that weren’t enough, we take our analysis one full step further and power rank this select number of coaches (that have been selected subjectively as the “best”) based on their 60-minute income.

In order to be consistent, we’ve calculated the hourly wage for each coach by taking his “total pay” for 2012 as per the database (without a bonus that he may or may not get), divided it by 52 weeks and then divided that figure by 100 hours.

To keep things in perspective, bear in mind that, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current average hourly earnings for U.S. employees is—as of March 2013—$23.82.

To serve as an additional comparative statistic, the current hourly rates for three less well-known head coaches from smaller programs are as follows: Todd Berry from ULM makes $48.08 per hour (the lowest paid coach in the FBS ranks, setting the “minimum wage” for the role), Frank Solich from Ohio makes $98.37 per hour and Rocky Long from San Diego State makes $154.35 per hour.

As a note, this is not meant to be a comprehensive listing that ranks all 125 FBS coaches' hourly wages, but instead it's meant to be a very selective comparison of some of the more successful active head coaches.


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