It would be hard to argue that anyone but Nick Saban is the best coach in college football.
Saban has been at the helm of the Crimson Tide’s football program since 2007, and has brought the team eight SEC championships, six national championships and a collective 177-24 record since taking over as head coach.
With all that success, Saban has earned a lot of money in his coaching career, and he continues to receive among the highest paychecks of anyone in the sport.
Just how much is he making? Sporting News takes a look.
Nick Saban salary at Alabama
Prior to the start of the 2021 campaign, Saban signed an extension with Alabama to keep him in Tuscaloosa through 2028, according to ESPN.
In ESPN’s report, it stated Saban was set to make $9.5 million in 2021, including his $800,000 completion benefit, and that over the course of his contract, he will make an average of $10.6 million per year. In the last deal of his contract, he would make $11.5 million.
On top of that, Saban could also continue to earn more during the season. His contract includes incentives for winning the SEC championship ($125,000) and appearing in the CFP ($400,000), both of which he has already accomplished, and he could make $600,000 for reaching the national championship or $800,000 should Alabama win the game.
According to USA Today, the $9.7 million earned by Saban in 2021 set him atop the college football world in terms of highest paid. Former LSU coach Ed Orgeron made the second most ($9 million) followed by Stanford’s David Shaw ($8.9 million), Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ($8.4 million) and former Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley at $7.6 million.
A few new names could join the list in the coming years, however, as Michigan State extended coach Mel Tucker on a 10-year, $95 million contract and LSU handed Brian Kelly a deal with the same figures to leave Notre Dame and take over for Orgeron.
Nick Saban net worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Saban’s net worth is listed as $60 million.
That net worth accounts for earnings he has made at previous stops as a head coach — Michigan State, LSU and the Miami Dolphins. The Los Angeles Times reported Saban made $697,330 while with the Spartans before making $1.2 million per year with LSU.
After winning a national championship in 2003 for the Tigers, he signed a seven-year extension that would pay him at least $2.3 million that would grow $100,000 per year, according to ESPN. However, he lasted just the 2004 season before leaving for the Dolphins. The Washington Post reported that he signed a five-year deal with Miami that paid him $5 million per season. He spent two seasons in Miami, and joined Alabama at the start of the 2007 season, signing an eight-year, $32 million contract, according to ESPN.
How much has Nick Saban earned at Alabama?
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Data according to USA Today; 2008 information not available