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Which Pac-12 school’s coaches are the most highly paid?
Over the next week, BusinessofCollegeSports.com will break down the average salaries of coaches at schools in BCS AQ conferences. The results of which school’s coaches make the most money may surprise you!
The data used for this analysis was obtained from reports filed by each school with the U.S. Department of Education, as required by Title IX. These reports are the only public location providing numbers for every school, because private schools are not subject to public records requests, but do have to file their data with the U.S. Department of Education. The data reported is from the reporting year of July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.
|SCHOOL||HEAD COACH AVERAGE ANNUAL INSTITUTIONAL SALARY||ASST. COACH AVERAGE ANNUAL INSTITUTIONAL SALARY|
|Arizona||Men’s: $667,189.00||Men’s: $153,711.00|
|Women’s: $132,772.00||Women’s: $60,250.00|
|Arizona State||Men’s: $542,954.00||Men’s: $126,313.00|
|Women’s: $214,546.00||Women’s: $61,624.00|
|California||Men’s: $380,134.00||Men’s: $102,315.00|
|Women’s: $160,273.00||Women’s: $51,080.00|
|Colorado||Men’s: $356,768.00||Men’s: $159,031.00|
|Women’s: $119,451.00||Women’s: $42,773.00|
|Oregon||Men’s: $940,559.00||Men’s: $210,526.00|
|Women’s: $181,446.00||Women’s: $64,352.00|
|Oregon State||Men’s: $434,043.00||Men’s: $129,816.00|
|Women’s: $110,568.00||Women’s: $49,812.00|
|Stanford||Men’s: $305,896.00||Men’s: $145,205.00|
|Women’s: $172,641.00||Women’s: $73,221.00|
|UCLA||Men’s: $530,985.00||Men’s: $108,871.00|
|Women’s: $134,447.00||Women’s: $55,088.00|
|USC||Men’s: $461,579.00||Men’s: $168,731.00|
|Women’s: $137,091.00||Women’s: $42,450.00|
|Utah||Men’s: $382,758.00||Men’s: $128,063.00|
|Women’s: $84,832.00||Women’s: $59,789.00|
|Washington||Men’s: $682,013.00||Men’s: $176,907.00|
|Women’s: $211,104.00||Women’s: $70,635.00|
|Washington State||Men’s: $379,403.00||Men’s: $105,665.00|
|Women’s: $116,856.00||Women’s: $51,104.00|
The University of Oregon boasts both the highest average men’s head coach salary and the highest average men’s assistant coach salary. The universities are not required to itemize their coaching salaries, but rather just report the average annual institutional salary per coach. Arguably, Oregon’s high average head coach salary, which is $643,663.00 higher than the lowest average head coach salary in the Pac-12, is the result of Chip Kelly’s large salary. Although Kelly’s 2010 contract extension made him the second-highest Pac-12 head coach (behind USC’s Lane Kiffin), it contained incentive bonuses. Given that Oregon made it to the National Championship Game, it’s likely that these incentive bonuses boosted Oregon’s average head coach salary.
The highest average women’s head coaching salary is paid by Arizona State University, while the highest average women’s assistant coaching salary is paid by Stanford.
Interestingly, while Stanford pays its women’s sports assistant coaches higher on average than any other Pac-12 institution, its men’s sports head coaches are paid the lowest on average in the Pac-12.
Assistant coaches for men’s sports are paid the least on average at Cal, while assistant coaches for women’s sports are paid the least on average at USC.
That the highest average men’s head and assistant coach salaries are paid by a public institution, while the highest average women’s head and assistant coach salaries are paid by private and public institutions, respectively, demonstrates that there arguably isn’t a disparity in private schools being able to provide their coaches with higher salaries.
Another interesting fact to take away from the data, is the disparity in salary between coaches of men’s and women’s sports. On average, head coaches of men’s sports in the Pac-12 earned 3.2 times as much income as head coaches of women’s sports. On average, assistant coaches of men’s sports in the Pac-12 earned 2.5 times as much income as assistant coaches of women’s sports. Head coaches of men’s sports earned 3.3 times as much as men’s sports assistant coaches, while head coaches of women’s sports earned 2.6 times as much as women’s sports assistant coaches.
Check back tomorrow when BusinessofCollegeSports.com breaks down the average salaries of SEC coaches.
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