Coach makes more

High school football coaches in Texas earn more — a lot more — than teachers, reports the Austin American-Statesman. Head coaches in schools with 950 students or more average $73,804; teachers in those schools average close to $42,400 in pay. Frankly, I was surprised that principals, who average $90,837, are ahead of football coaches.

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  1. Andy Freeman says:

    The coaches are paid for performance….

  2. superdestroyer says:

    At the same schools with the big time football program, you will probably find that the band director also makes much more than what the classroom teachers make.

  3. John Thacker says:

    It would be interesting to see how that scales with the size of the school. The number of teachers per student tends to hold nearly constant, but the ratio of football coaches and principals to students I’d assume grows more slowly. (Though the size of the team is close to fixed.)

  4. If you read the article, however, there isn’t much to the sensational tone of the article. It turns out that coaches’ contract a considerable number of additional work days (compared to teachers) and coaches are expected to work nights and weekends, even when their sport isn’t playing. Some coaches evidently approach 100-hour weeks when their teams are actually playing. When you consider travel and game time and watching films and all of that, it doesn’t sound impossible.

    Also, the statistical sense of the number is wrong (or else the story is worded misleadingly) since it said they were comparing the salaries of “head coaches” (which implies a fair amount of experience) with “average teachers” (which does not).

    The more of the story I read, the less it seemed like there was any story supporting the headlines. I suspect coaches are paid more than teachers and there may well be an injustice to address, but the story in the Statesman didn’t prove either.

  5. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Years ago, the argument was that plumbers made more than teachers. Very few teachers strapped on the tool pouch.