Survey: Most Americans Think Coaches Are Overpaid

March 11, 2016

In more than 40 states, college football and basketball coaches are the highest-paid public employees, often outearning the presidents who hired them. Despite the popularity of college football and basketball, more than half of Americans don't agree with paying coaches such high salaries, a new survey found. Nearly two-thirds of respondents to the survey, which was conducted by the research firm Finn Partners, said coaches should not make more than college presidents.

Opinions on the matter varied by age, however. Nearly half of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 said they supported college coaches earning more than presidents, while 35 percent of those between 30 and 44 said they opposed such a pay gap. About a quarter of those between 45 and 59 said they supported coaches earning more, as did about 10 percent of those who are 60 and older.

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