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See how Georgia head coach Kirby Smart's salary ranks among NCAA coaches

Just last year, Smart got a new 7-year contract.

ATHENS, Ga. — On Tuesday, USA Today released its annual database of college football coach salaries

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is the fifth highest-paid college football coach in the country. He makes $6,703,600 from the school, according to the USA Today database. An additional $168,000 comes from "other," likely boosters.

Just last year, Smart got a new, 7-year contract

Many would expect to see Alabama head coach Nick Saban at the top of the list, however, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney ($9,315,600) makes almost $500,000 more than the legendary coach ($8,857,000). 

Rounding out the top 5 is Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh at No. 3 making $7,504,000 and Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher who makes $7,500,000 making him the fourth highest-paid coach. 

Georgia's Smart is also eligible to make an additional $1,150,000 in bonuses, according to the USA Today list. Last season he earned a $275,000 bonus. 

If Smart were to ever be let go from the University, his buyout is $24,239,584, which is the sixth-highest buyout. Texas A&M coach Fisher tops that list with a buyout of $60,625,000. 

RELATED: Terms of Kirby Smart's UGA contract

Of the 25 highest-paid coaches, eight are from the SEC, two from the ACC, nine from the Big Ten and six from the Big 12. 

Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins just made the top 50 with a $3 million annual salary. 

Georgia Southern head coach Chad Lunsford came in at No. 100 with a salary of $680,000. 

Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott makes $594,000 a year. 

RELATED: Here's the amendment Kirby signed last year

Back to Smart. In addition to the performance bonus, and the salary (which, by the way, increases each year all the way to $7.4 million in 2024), as of last year, Kirby was eligible for these bonuses and perks:

►$75,000 bonus if his team finishes in the top 33% of SEC football teams in Graduation Success Rate and Academic Progress Rate.

►$50,000 if he is selected as SEC Coach of the Year

►$100,000 if he is selected as National Coach of the Year

►$200,000 if his team finishes in the top in the AP or the Coaches' Poll

►Paid membership at the Athens Country Club

►Use of a 25-seat box and six free tickets at home football games; six free tickets to away games and six tickets to the SEC Championship game and postseason bowl games the team plays in.

►A car allowance of $1,800 per month (plus insurance)

►Travel reimbursement

To see the full database of NCAA coaches salaries, see the USA Today


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