Petersen has an average annual salary of $4.875 million as part of a new deal he signed in 2017.
With $4.38 million in salary this year, Washington’s Chris Petersen has taken over as the highest-paid coach in the Pac-12 Conference, according to a USA Today analysis of college football coaching salaries.
Even as the conference’s highest-paid coach, Petersen ranks just 19th nationally in salary, as the Pac-12 lags behind peer conferences in coaches’ compensation.
Alabama’s Nick Saban is again the highest-paid coach in the country, set to make about $8.3 million this year. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has the top salary in the Big Ten at $7.6 million; Dabo Swinney’s $6.2 million salary is No. 1 in the ACC; and Texas’ Tom Herman’s $5.5 million salary is No. 1 the Big 12.
Petersen’s salary ranked third in the Pac-12 in 2017, behind Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez (dismissed in the offseason) and Stanford’s David Shaw.
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In March 2017, Petersen signed a contract extension with an average salary of $4.875 million through the 2023 season. That includes a scheduled salary of $5.625 million in the final year of the deal. (His full contract is available here.)
2018 PAC-12 COACHING SALARIES
National rank in parentheses
1. Chris Petersen, UW, $4.38 million (19)
2. David Shaw, Stanford, $4.31 million (20)
3. Kyle Whittingham, Utah, $3.78 million (28)
4. Mike Leach, WSU, $3.5 million (39)
5. Chip Kelly, UCLA, $3.3 million (40)
6. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado, $2.88 million (45)
7. Clay Helton, USC, $2.63 million (47)
8. Mario Cristobal, Oregon, $2.5 million (54)
9. Kevin Sumlin, Arizona, $2 million (61)
10. Herm Edwards, ASU, $2 million (62)
11. Jonathan Smith, OSU, $1.9 million (63)
12. Justin Wilcox, Cal, $1.5 million (74)
Source: USA Today
Note: Compensation listed does not include bonuses.