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Starting Salary for Division III Football Coaches

The author enjoys researching the job market to report on the latest salaries, opportunities, and employment trends.


© 2018 by Aurelio Locsin

College football is well known not only for stirring excitement tin spectators, but also for providing valuable training to both student players and the athletic staff such as coaches and trainers. The sport also helps to fill in educational coffers as supporters bring in ticket and souvenir revenue. However, the salaries of coaches for college football teams do not always match the sport’s income-generating potential.


The National Collegiate Athletic Association specifies the standards for college sports, including football. For example, teams in Division I must play 50 percent of their regular-season football games against other Division I teams. The team’s sponsoring school must also have at least seven men’s and seven women’s teams, or six men’s and eight women’s teams. There are also requirements for financial aid and scheduling. In contrast, Division III football teams must play over 50 percent of their games against other Division III teams, or against teams whose institutions grant financial aid based on need only and not ability. There are no scheduling or financial aid requirements.


Though college faculty typically need a doctorate degree for tenured positions, those in junior colleges or working part-time can often secure jobs with a master’s. In Division III schools, coaches typically need only a bachelor’s degree. A coaching program is the most desirable, though degrees in exercise and sports science, physiology, kinesiology, physical education and sports medicine are also acceptable. Demonstrated football ability is key, either as a collegiate player, or working as a team intern or assistant.


The Division III coaching jobs posted on the Football Scoop as of 2018 illustrate some of the starting salaries.

  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy offered a 12-month position for an assistant defensive coach with certification in strength and conditioning. It paid up to $18,000 with room and board while classes are in session but no benefits.
  • At Wabash College, a full-time football (offense/defense) / track (thrower experience) job paid $23,500 with medical and full benefits.
  • A defensive coach job to help with the secondary at Alma College in Michigan was offered at $8,500 including housing and some meals.
  • University of LaVerne in California, a part-time defensive position paid $2,500 with neither meals nor housing.
  • At Manchester University in Indiana, an assistant coach who works with the defensive line or linebackers offered $21,000.
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Salaries for Division III football coaches are far lower than the wages offered to all coaches, as shown by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2017.

  • Average salaries for all coaches in colleges, universities and professional schools ran a mean $57,800 per year, which was higher than the mean for all coaches at $42,450 per year.
  • The lowest earning 10 percent of all coaches received a mean $18,670 annually, and the highest 10 percent made a mean $75,400 per year.
  • The best salaries for all coaches were those that transitioned into becoming managers or agents for the pros. They made $82,100 per year. Those who worked in spectator sports earned $64,180 annually.

Football at a Division III College


b. Malin on October 26, 2011:

Well Alocsin, as usual you have taken a Subject that I personally don't know too much about and now I do. Very Interesting Hub and Educational read. Thanks for your research.

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