Butch Jones' salary ranks 18th in the nation

Oct. 26, 2016: College football coaches' salaries are on the rise across the country, Tennessee Coach Butch Jones ranks 18th nationally.

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee Volunteers football coach Butch Jones’ salary of $4.11 million ranks ninth in the Southeastern Conference and 18th nationally, according to USA TODAY’s annual head coach salary database released Wednesday.

Jones has a $1 million maximum bonus, and was paid $350,000 in bonuses in 2015-2016.

“I don’t really give it too much thought,” Jones said Wednesday. “All I know is we live in a week-to-week season, and probably with the escalating salaries comes also enhanced expectations.”

FOX Sports Knoxville host Russell Smith believes a strong season for the Vols could mean a raise after the season for Jones. 

"We’ve seen at Tennessee the difference a good coach can make, it’s the difference between a good season and a bad season,” Smith said. "If he wins the SEC East, he's probably looking at a big raise and extension in the offseason."

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Jones received a $500,000 salary bump in December 2015. In December 2014, Jones also received a raise and extension on his contract, which runs through 2020.

Chart: Comparing SEC coaches' salaries

Editor's Note: The chart below compares SEC coaches' salaries. It also compares each coaches' wins, losses, bowl wins, national championships and SEC championships while the coach has been with his respective school. The stats are as of Oct. 26, 2016.

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh is the highest-paid coach in the country at $9 million.

Alabama’s Nick Saban is the second highest-paid coach in the country at $6.93 million. For the first time since 2011, Saban does not lead the nation in salary.

The median salary for an SEC coach is $4,172,500, according to USA TODAY.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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