While trying to search for an old friend on The Google, I ran across this 2005 nugget from the Austin American Statesman.Â It’s just a tiny bit outdated, but it compares the 2005 and 1995 annual salaries of all the 4A and 5A Texas high school football head coaches at their respective schools.Â I tried to find more current data that compares salaries from a decade ago, but came up short.
A few observations:
- The three highest increases adjusted for inflation are:
- HoustonÂ Clear Lake at $69%, $53,028 to $89,642.
- Ennis at 65%,Â $64,075 to $106,004.
- Grandbury at 62%, $46,422 to $75,000.
- Five schools pay over $100k back in 2005, with Ennis topping the list.
- At the bottom of the list was Houston Furr High School.Â $54,983 in 1995 to $42,300 in 2005 – a 23% drop.
- In 2006, the average salary for a teacher in Texas was $42,400.Â Teachers have seen their salaries go up from 36.8%, compared to 36.7 for coaches.Â Also, inÂ 2006 27 coaches earned more than their principal.Â Source
- Other thoughts for your consideration:
- Texas high school football coaches’ contracts are based upaon a 226 day work year compared to the teachers’ 187.
- Texas high school teachers work 40-70 hours per week.Â Coaches claim to work 70-100 hours per week during the season and many of the head coaches serve as the athletic director.
- A winning football program can bring in over $200,000 to the district and community.
- The coaches’ product is on display to the entire community and printed in newspapers which adds to the pressure.Â Source