You don’t know what your kid is going to be when they grow up, but it stands to reason that you want them to make bank. But if your little engineer isn’t taking as naturally to coding camp and your other STEM pursuits, they could fall back on the career path of the highest paid public employee — Nick Saban, the head coach of the University of Alabama football team, who takes home nearly $7 million per year. Clear eyes, full hearts (and wallets), can’t lose.
Deadspin painted a picture of just how many coaches are the highest earners, based on data from media reports and state salary databases in 2013. Football coaches’ paychecks dominated 27 states and basketball coaches were the top earners in 13 states, leaving only 11 states for your kid to financially compete if they suck at coaching sports. Sure, a recent survey shows that 63 percent of people don’t think coaches should earn as much, but college presidents’ attempts to limit coaches’ salaries have been unsuccessful so far (they don’t have as many fans).
Part of the problem with this is that tax dollars pay for a portion of such salaries, but the revenue the teams generate is what puts coach pay in the top slot in most states. Still, some people think this money should go back into the school, or to the players themselves, since they’re taking most of the hits. But like you always say, if you can’t beat them, join them. The catch is that the path to coaching college football is often playing it … so maybe just stick to math instead.