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The Highest-Paid NFL Offensive Coordinators

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The NFL commands tens of billions of dollars for the media rights to stream games. A huge part of its sustained success has been the NFL’s evolution of offense.

As offenses continue to innovate and score more points, offensive coordinators are charged with drawing up plays that will result in points on the board.

Although they aren’t making as much as head coaches, the highest-paid NFL offensive coordinators earn millions to maximize their team’s offense.

While assistant coaching salaries are rarely made public, the following compensation data is estimated based on a variety of sources.

Two coaches hold the top spot as the highest-paid NFL offensive coordinators. Todd Monken of the Ravens and Mike Kafka of the Giants both earn an estimated $3 million annually. 

Monken will be entering his second season directing Baltimore’s offense. He spent the previous three years as the offensive coordinator at the University of Georgia. The Ravens were fifth in the NFL with 55 offensive TDs scored in Monken’s first season.

Kafka has been with New York since 2022. He began his NFL coaching career with the Chiefs, starting as their offensive quality control coach in 2017 before becoming their quarterbacks coach in 2018. Patrick Mahomes received his first Pro Bowl selection and won MVP the same year.

Third on the list is Kellen Moore of the Eagles earning an estimated $2.5 million. Philadelphia hired Moore in February to improve their offense. The 35-year-old is one of the youngest offensive coordinators in the NFL. He had spent his first five years as a coach in the NFL with the Cowboys. 

Coming in fourth is Ken Dorsey of the Browns. He makes a projected $2.3 million annually. Dorsey was a quarterbacks coach early in his coaching career before the Bills hired him as their offensive coordinator in 2022.

Ranking fifth on the list is Nathaniel Hackett at an estimated $2.2 million. He’s worked with the Jets since 2023. Hackett has coached in the NFL for 15 years including four as an offensive coordinator. 

Joe Lombardi is the only one on the list who doesn’t make over $1 million. He’s ranked 15th highest-paid offensive coordinator.

It pays to have experience under center. Four of the top five highest-paid offensive coordinators played quarterback through college, and two went on to play in the NFL before transitioning to the sidelines.

Ranking The NFL’s Highest-Paid Offensive Coordinators

Here is the entire list of the highest-paid NFL offensive coordinators. The list was compiled using reports and estimated data from ProFootballNetwork and NFL.com.

  • Updated: June 17, 2024
RankCoachTeamEstimated Compensation
T-1Todd MonkenBaltimore Ravens$3 million
T-1Mike KafkaNew York Giants$3 million
3Kellen MoorePhiladelphia Eagles$2.5 million
4Ken DorseyCleveland Browns$2.3 million
5Nathaniel HackettNew York Jets$2.2 million
T-6Arthur SmithPittsburgh Steelers$2 million
T-6Shane WaldronChicago Bears$2 million
T-6Ben JohnsonDetroit Lions$2 million
9Joe BradyBuffalo Bills$1.8 million
T-10Bobby SlowikHouston Texans$1.5 million
T-10Jim Bob CooterIndianapolis Colts$1.5 million
T-10Luke GetsyLas Vegas Raiders$1.5 million
T-10Frank SmithMiami Dolphins$1.5 million
T-10Dan PitcherCincinnati Bengals$1.5 million
15Joe LombardiDenver Broncos$1 million

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