Nine Alabama HS football coaches earn six-figure salaries
The website published an article Sunday, looking at the rapidly increasing salaries for high school football coaches across the state. It described a bidding war of sorts, as schools constantly give their prep football coaches significant pay increases to outpace other schools and make their coach the state’s highest paid at his position.The coach at Hoover High School received a raise of more than $10,000 earlier this month to bring his total salary to $125,000, according to the article.
In 2004, a Birmingham News survey revealed Daphne coach Glenn Vickery was the highest-paid football coach among the state’s public schools — at $86,180. That’s an increase of 45 percent over the last 11 years for the state’s highest-paid coach. During that same time, the American median household income rose just 14% — from$44,684 in 2004 to $51,915 in 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.
According to figures obtained by AL.com, there are now nine high school football coaches in Alabama who make at least $100,000 per year. Conversely, more than 110 public high schools pay their head football coach less than $60,000 per year. Some of the salary figures obtained reflect 2013 numbers, some schools have changed coaches since the figures were obtained, and some schools declined to provide information requested.
The article notes that some of the top earners hold only coaching duties and do not teach in the district.
What the article did not examine is the taxpayer impact and whether residents of these communities supported their coaches making nearly three times as much as teachers.
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