Saban's total pay of $7,160,187 represents an approximately $1.6 million increase over last season and is more than $1.5 million more than the second-highest paid coach, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio ($5,636,145).
Saban agreed to a contract extension with the Crimson Tide in 2013 that included a pay raise. Alabama went 11-2 and finished in second place in the SEC West last season.
The SEC (Saban, Sumlin, LSU's Les Miles and South Carolina's Steve Spurrier) and Big Ten (Dantonio, Ohio State's Urban Meyer, Penn State's James Franklin and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz) both count four coaches in the top 10.
Eleven coaches are making at least $4 million this season.