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    Jim Harbaugh’s Net Worth and Salary: How Much Money Has the Chargers’ Head Coach Made?

    The Los Angeles Chargers made Jim Harbaugh one of the NFL's highest-paid coaches. What is Harbaugh's net worth and salary, and how does it compare to his peers?

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    Published on June 27, 2024 | 8:57 PM EDT

    Updated on June 28, 2024 | 10:17 AM EDT

    After leading the Michigan Wolverines to a national championship, Jim Harbaugh decided to return to the NFL, accepting the Los Angeles Chargers’ head-coaching gig this offseason.

    Harbaugh was previously the San Francisco 49ers‘ head coach from 2011-14, leading the team to a 44-19 record in the regular season and a 5-3 record in the playoffs during that span. Harbaugh helped the 49ers reach the Super Bowl in 2012, but they came up short against the Baltimore Ravens, who are coached by Harbaugh’s brother, John.

    Before Harbaugh was one of the most respected and well-known coaches around, he was a quarterback who starred at Michigan and had a 14-year NFL career.

    As a former professional athlete and top coach, Harbaugh has done well for himself. But what is Harbaugh’s net worth and salary? How does it stack up against other coaches? Let’s delve in.

    What Is Harbaugh’s Salary With the Chargers?

    Harbaugh reportedly signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Chargers, which makes him one of the NFL’s highest-paid coaches.

    Harbaugh will earn approximately $16 million annually while leading Los Angeles, according to ProFootballTalk.

    If this figure is accurate, Harbaugh would be the second-highest-paid head coach in the NFL, behind only Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid (who is making $18 million per season).

    Given Harbaugh’s success at the NFL and collegiate levels — and the money Michigan was willing to spend in order to keep him in Ann Arbor and defend the Wolverines’ title — it makes sense that the Chargers had to break the bank in order to get a signature on the dotted line.

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    With that said, the Chargers gave Harbaugh a significant raise from what he was earning at Michigan.

    With the Wolverines, Harbaugh earned $8,254,600 plus up to $3 million in postseason incentives. Plus, Harbaugh had some nice perks as part of his deal, including access to a private jet and $2 million per year paid to his life insurance policy.

    There are only 10 active NFL head coaches who have led a team to the Super Bowl, and Harbaugh is one of them, so he comes at a premium. The Chargers were willing to open their wallet and make a massive offer to Harbaugh in order to secure him.

    What Is Harbaugh’s Net Worth?

    Harbaugh’s net worth is estimated to be $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

    Given the money he earned during his 14 NFL seasons, plus the big salaries he’s earned as a top head coach, this figure makes sense.

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    While this may seem low for a former starting NFL quarterback, it’s worth noting Harbaugh played during the late 1980s and 1990s when QBs weren’t making the kind of money they are today.

    While today’s highest-paid quarterbacks are bringing home $55 million per season, the highest-paid player in the NFL during Harbaugh’s 1987 rookie season was Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, with a salary of $1.1 million.

    It’s safe to say that Harbaugh’s coaching salaries have been significantly more lucrative than his player contracts – particularly the early deals he signed with the Bears and Colts.

    While Harbaugh is one of the richest NFL head coaches, he trails Bill Belichick ($70 million) and Andy Reid ($50 million) in terms of net worth. However, Harbaugh is 12 years younger than Belichick and six years younger than Reid, so he has time to catch up to the legendary coaches.

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