A look at the SEC head coaching salaries, as Bielema’s finalized contract is announced


Arkansas announced that head coach Bret Bielema will make $2.95 million per year, with incentives reaching to $700,000 per year. Bielema becomes the SEC’s eighth highest paid coach. His contract runs through December 31, 2018.

Incentives in the contract include the following:

  • $350,000 for winning national championship
  • $300,000 for playing in the national championship
  • $200,000 for playing in national semi-final in 2014 and beyond
  • $100,000 for winning the SEC Championship
  • $100,000 for both academic performance rate and graduate rate success

Related: Several SEC coaches mentioned as candidates at Texas

If he leaves the Hogs’ program for another job, he’d owe the school $3 million the first year, followed by $500,000 each year thereafter.

Head Coach School Salary
Nick Saban Alabama $5.3 million
Les Miles LSU $3.7 million
Steve Spurrier South Carolina $3.5 million
Mark Richt Georgia $3.2 million
Kevin Sumlin Texas A&M $3.1 million
James Franklin Vanderbilt $3.0 million*
Will Muschamp Florida $3.0 million
Bret Bielema Arkansas $2.95 million
Butch Jones Tennessee $2.9 million
Gary Pinkel Missouri $2.7 million
Dan Mullen Mississippi State $2.6 million
Gus Malzahn Auburn $2.3 million
Mark Stoops Kentucky $2.2 million
Hugh Freeze Ole Miss $2.0 million

*Franklin’s $3 million is estimated

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  • If Muschamp can get the offense established, he’ll move on up in the rankings. And as far as saban is concerned, he wont be going anywhere anytime soon. I’ve yet to understand why the media always tries to throw his name around like he is going somewhere. Look at that salary. That doesn’t include all of the endorsements and incentives. He’s going to retire at bama. And rightfully so.

    • Thank you, Wes10jones. I agree completely. The media is reporting that Texas is trying to recruit Saban. They are insane! What could Texas possibly offer Saban that he doesn’t already have? And if by some miracle they did all he would have to do is say “hey, I want this” and he would have it. I also agree with your assessment of the Gators offense. Even a decent offense combined with that gator defense would be something scary!

      • All Texas could possibly offer is more money. And even if Bama didn’t match it, I still don’t see him leaving. He has a dynasty built, some of the best coordinators, and some of the best facilities in the nation. It’s Nick’s world and bama is just living in it. And yes, if Florida could just figure out how to score a few times a game they would be extremely dangerous. That defense is something scary. Looking forward to watching them take on Tennessee’s offensive line tomorrow

        • Nick Saban is not an idiot………. “If it ain’t broke, don’t attempt to fix it”. If he even considered living Alabama, I would want to see a psych eval! LOL RTR!!!!!! Love Coach saban!

  • Ole Miss will have to be comin off the hip soon ! Freeze doesn’t deserve to be dragin up the pack.

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