Skip to content

Sean Payton Highest-Paid Coach in America

Sean Payton Highest-Paid Coach in America


Despite a season-long suspension that kept him off the sideline last year, Sean Payton is the nation’s highest paid coach. He took the title from Patriots’ Bill Belichick after agreeing to a five year deal that pays approximately $8 million per year.

Had the list included international coaches, foreign soccer managers would have dominated their American competition as at least six soccer managers make in excess of $10 million annually.

Payton, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints was given a suspension following the revelation of the “bounty scandal,” and will return as the coach this season. He has compiled a 62-34 record as a head coach and led the Saints to a Super Bowl win in 2010.

Belichick, who held the title for two years and is widely seen as one of the best coaches of all-time, holds the #2 spot with Andy Reid according to The two men each make an estimated $7.5 million per year.

Pete Carroll (Seahawks, $7 million), Jeff Fisher (Rams, $7 million), Doc Rivers (Celtics, $7 million), Mike Shanahan (Redskins, $7 million), Tom Coughlin (Giants, $6.67 million), Chip Kelly (Eagles, $6.5 million), and Greg Popovich (Spurs, $6 million) round out the top ten list.

Interestingly, eight of the top ten highest-paid coaches are from the NFL. Only half of these coaches led teams that made the playoffs, and only the Popovich-led Spurs and Belichick’s Patriots made their conference finals. The Spurs currently lead the Grizzlies 3-0, making Popovich the only coach on the list with a shot to lead his team to the championship.

Meanwhile, the two coaches in the Super Bowl, John and Jim Harbaugh, make $4 million and $5 million respectively. With no college coaches on the list, Nick Saban comes the closest bringing in $5.3 million. Additionally, two coaches from last years list, Lovie Smith and Ken Whisenhunt have since been fired from coaching the Bears and the Cardinals.

Comment count on this article reflects comments made on and Facebook. Visit Breitbart's Facebook Page.