Offensive line coaches work with offensive linemen to develop blocking and protection schemes to help offenses move the ball and score points. National Football League offensive linemen are especially important because the protect the team's quarterback, which is often the most important and highest-paid player on the team. Offensive line coaches in the NFL typically have previous coaching experience at the college level before advancing to an NFL career.
Head Coach Salary
The highest-paid coaches in the NFL are head coaches. Head coaches make between $1.2 million and $8 million a year, according to the Coaches Hot Seat website. Offensive line coaches work under head coaches in the NFL, so their salaries are lower than the head coach they work for.
Offensive line coaches in the NFL are considered assistant coaches or position coaches. According to the Los Angeles Times, position coaches typically earned around $200,000 in the mid-2000s. However, many teams are paying considerably more now. For example, Alex Gibbs, who coached the offensive line for the Atlanta Falcons, made over $1 million a year in the mid-2000s. Hudson Houck, who worked for the Miami Dolphins as the offensive line coach, earned $830,000 a year during the same time period. All offensive line coaches earn six figures, and some earn seven figures.
In addition to their base salaries, NFL offensive line coaches also receive a number of benefits. These include medical insurance and access to state-of-the-art workout facilities. They also receive time off during the offseason in the spring. Teams that make it far into the playoffs or win the Super Bowl also typically pay all employees, including coaches, a financial bonus for the overall performance of the team.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for coaches in general is positive, with a 25 percent increase in job opportunities expected for coaches and scouts between 2008 and 2018. However, the competition to coach in the NFL is extremely competitive, because NFL coach salaries are higher than coaching at any other level. NFL offensive line coaches who perform well can advance to become offensive coordinators or head coaches, a promotion that typically comes with a salary increase.
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- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Workers