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Bill Belichick, Doc Rivers among highest paid coaches in America

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  May 16, 2012 01:58 PM

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Bill Belichick is the highest paid coach in America. (Bill Greene / Globe Staff)


Bill Belichick is in a league of his own when it comes to getting paid. But Doc Rivers isn't far behind.

According to Forbes magazine, the three-time Super Bowl winning Patriots head coach makes more money than any other coach in America. Belichick's estimated salary of $7.5 million puts him at the top of the Forbes list.

NFL coaches dominate the top 10, with eight representatives. The two other top-10 paid coaches come from the NBA: Celtics coach Doc Rivers ($7 million) and San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich ($6 million).

Super Bowl winning coach Tom Coughlin of the Giants, with an estimated salary of $5.25 million, didn't make the top 10.

Local coaches Claude Julien of the Bruins and Bobby Valentine of the Red Sox were not on the Forbes list:

10. Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles: $5.5 million
9. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers: $5.75 million
8. Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals: $5.75 million
7. Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears: $6 million
6. Greg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs: $6 million
5. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks: $7 million
4. Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams: $7 million
3. Glenn "Doc" Rivers, Boston Celtics: $7 million
2. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins: $7 million
1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots: $7.5 million

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