March 2017, Vol. 1

2016–17 Extra-Duty Stipend survey results released

by Troy Bryant

Our 2016–17 Extra-Duty Stipend survey found 32 percent of responding districts pay a stipend to their high school head football coaches. Across the state, high school head football coaches in Texas receive an median annual stipend of $7,500, a decrease of approximately $100 from last year. Stipends for football coaches can vary significantly based on the size of the school. Head coaches in Class 1A schools receive $3,500, while Class 6A coaches are paid $17,516 for the duty.

In addition to a stipend, just over half of these districts (51 percent) pay extra days to high school head football coaches. Districts provide a median of 20 extra days.

The annual survey collects stipend counts, amounts, and number of extra-duty days, as well as information on how districts pay for extracurricular duties. Additional data covering salaries for head football coaches can be found in the Other School Employee salary reports in DataCentral.

On course with last year’s results, most districts (86 percent) assign and pay athletic stipends for each sport coached. Other districts (14 percent) pay a single stipend to compensate a coach for managing multiple athletic assignments. For purposes of the survey, districts paying a single stipend to a coach for multiple sports were asked to divide the amount to identify pay by sport.

Payment method

Regarding the payment method for extracurricular duties, 44 percent of respondents reported they pay a flat stipend amount only to cover the value of the duty and time. Last year, 37 percent of respondents paid a flat stipend amount with no days.

Other respondents indicated they pay a stipend plus extra days, typically at the employee’s daily rate. Less than 10 percent of districts pay a standard flat rate, determined by the district, or use a combination of standard and daily rates.

Other assignments

The 2016–17 Extra-Duty Stipend Survey includes more than 75 extra-duty assignments, covering benchmark athletic, academic, and performing arts stipends in Texas schools. New to the survey are these extra-duty assignments:
  • High School Powerlifting Assistant Coach
  • High School Tennis Assistant Coach
  • Middle School Assistant Band Director
  • Elementary School UIL Campus Coordinator
  • Elementary School UIL Subject-Area Coach
  • National Junior Honor Society Advisor
For 2016‒17, 432 Texas public school districts, representing 42 percent of districts statewide, are included in the survey data. For complete data on all stipend assignments in the survey, members can access DataCentral. Data can be used to identify general market trends for local planning purposes, but unique variables may affect individual stipend payments in a district.