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The Highest-Paid Head Coaches in the NFL

Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton speaks during a press conference
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Fresh off his third Super Bowl win with the Chiefs, Andy Reid earned more than just another Lombardi Trophy.

Reid became the highest-paid coach in the NFL after signing a new five-year extension in April.

The deal is reported to be worth $25 million per year, eclipsing the previous highest-earner — Bill Belichick — before he left New England after the 2023 season. Reid’s Chiefs have become the newest NFL dynasty in recent years.

Now he’s getting paid in a way that represents their dominant status. 

Reid is fourth all-time in wins (258) and fourth in games over .500 in his career (114). 

Andy Reid is also the only coach on the list with multiple Super Bowl wins.

Second on the list is Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton. His $18 million salary includes bonuses for performance.

Payton was the AP Coach of the Year in 2006 and won the Super Bowl in 2009 – both with the Saints. 

Jim Harbaugh made a high-profile return to the NFL this offseason to land him third on the list. Harbaugh is set to earn $16 million to coach the Chargers. 

He announced the move shortly after leading his alma mater Michigan to its first college football national championship since 1997.

The fourth highest-paid NFL coach of 2024 is Sean McVay, who has been with the Rams since 2017 and earns $15 million per year.

McVay was the youngest coach in the NFL when he was hired at just 30 years old in 2017. He won the Super Bowl with them in 2021.

Earning $14 million to coach the 49ers, Kyle Shanahan is the fifth-highest-paid NFL coach on the list. 

Shanahan started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UCLA. He has worked for his dad, Mike Shanahan, as the offensive coordinator along with the Falcons and Browns. 

As San Francisco’s head coach, he’s led them to four 10-win seasons and two Super Bowl appearances. 

NFL coaches earn some of the highest salaries among the major sports. Seven of the top ten highest-paid coaches are NFL coaches.

Ranking the Highest-Paid NFL Head Coaches

Here is the list of the highest-paid NFL coaches of 2024, based on publicly reported data. The list was compiled with data from Sportico, Sporting News, and Pro Football Reference.

  • Updated: May 30, 2024
RankCoachTeamCareer RecordSuper Bowl WinsTotal Compensation
1Andy ReidKansas City Chiefs258-144-13$25 million
2Sean PaytonDenver Broncos160-981$18 million
3Jim HarbaughLos Angeles Chargers44-19-10$16 million
4Sean McVayLos Angeles Rams70-451$15 million
5Kyle ShanahanSan Francisco 49ers64-510$14 million
6Mike TomlinPittsburgh Steelers173-100-21$12.5 million
7John HarbaughBaltimore Ravens160-991$12 million
8Doug PedersonJacksonville Jaguars60-53-11$8.5 million
9Sean McDermottBuffalo Bills73-410$8 million
T-10Matt LaFleurGreen Bay Packers56-270$6 million
T-10Frank ReichCarolina Panthers41-43-10$6 million
T-12Robert SalehNew York Jets18-330$5 million
T-12Nick SirianniPhiladelphia Eagles34-170$5 million
T-14Dan CampbellDetroit Lions29-330$4.5 million
T-14Zac TaylorCincinnati Bengals37-44-10$4.5 million
T-14Dan QuinnWashington Commanders43-420$4.5 million
T-17Mike McCarthyDallas Cowboys167-102-21$4 million
T-17Raheem MorrisAtlanta Falcons21-380$4 million
T-19Kevin StefanskiCleveland Browns37-300$3.5 million
T-19Dennis AllenNew Orleans Saints24-460$3.5 million

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