Few things are bigger in Texas than high school football, and that includes the salaries of the head coaches.
The average head coach’s salary at the Fort Worth area’s biggest high schools was $98,041 in 2015-16, according to information obtained by the Star-Telegram through the Texas Public Information Act. That’s more than double the average wage of $46,560 in Texas.
Thirty-four coaches made more than $100,000, led by Bob Wager of Arlington Martin and Anthony Criss of Arlington Sam Houston, who took in $113,553 each.
Wager has led the Warriors to the playoffs every season since he arrived in 2006. Criss was an assistant athletic director in Arlington before taking over the Texans in 2011.
Southlake Carroll’s Hal Wasson ($112,917) and Weatherford’s Weldon Nelms ($112,467) were next on the list. Wasson led the Dragons to the 2011 5A Division I state championship.
Grapevine-Colleyville had the highest average salary among multiple-school districts, paying its coaches an average of $110,106. Next was Northwest at $108,395 and Arlington at $107,776. Fort Worth school district coaches were the lowest paid, making an average $80,824.
The average principal’s salary was $119,687. Average starting teacher’s pay among the school districts was $52,482.
Brian Gosset, 817-390-7760, @Gosset41