Find out all about Steve Sarkisian's salary, net worth, wife, and personal life details

Find out all about Steve Sarkisian's salary, net worth, wife, and personal life details

Helix Odhiambo
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM

Steve Sarkisian is an American football coach and former player. He has over 20 years of coaching experience and is among the highest-paid college football tacticians. Steve Sarkisian's salary and net worth have raised his status and reputation in the United States.

Steve Sarkisian
Head coach Steve Sarkisian of the Texas Longhorns reacts on the sideline in the second half against the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on 21 October 2023 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Tim Warner
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Sarkisian is currently the head coach at the University of Texas at Austin. He was also an outstanding quarterback during his playing career. Discover his life history, career stats, salary, net worth, and family.

Steve Sarkisian's profile summary

Full name

Steve Sarkisian

Date of birth

8 March 1974


49 (as of November 2023)


Torrance, California, United States




University of Southern California


1.91 m (6 feet 3 inches)

Eye colour


Hair colour



Football coach, former football player

Current team

University of Texas


Seb and Sally Sarkisian




Loreal Smith, Stephanie Sarkisian (ex-wife)


Taylor, Ashley, Brady


$5.6 million

Net worth

$5 million

Social media

Instagram, X (Twitter)

Steve Sarkisian's biography

Football coach Steve Sarkisian (age 49 as of November 2023) was born and raised in Torrance, California, United States. Steve Sarkisian's nationality is American and of Armenian and Irish ancestry.

Steve Sarkisian's family

Steve's parents are Seb and Sally Sarkisian. He is the last born of his four sisters and two brothers. His elder brother, David, was a three-time All-American in soccer at Cal State Dominguez Hills. All the siblings participated in sports in their local schools.

Sarkisian's education background

Steve Sarkisian's age
Steve Sarkisian of the Texas Longhorns arrives before their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on 10 September 2022 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Tim Warner
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The tactician attended West High School in Torrance, California. After graduation, he joined El Camino College and got his associate's degree in General Studies in 1994. Steve moved to Brigham Young University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology in 1997.

Steve Sarkisian's salary

How much does Steve Sarkisian make at the University of Texas? Steve earns $5.6 million annually in Texas. He is the 30th best-paid college football head coach. Nick Saban of the University of Alabama is the highest paid, with $11.4 million.

Steve Sarkisian's net worth

Steve Sarkisian's net worth
Head coach Steve Sarkisian of the Texas Longhorns arrives in Dallas, Texas, ahead of the 2021 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on 9 October 2021. Photo: Tim Warner
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The University of Texas football head coach has a net worth of $5 million as of 2023. He has built his wealth from his football career as a player and coach through salaries and bonuses.

Steve Sarkisian's career

Steve was a collegiate and pro-level quarterback before becoming a coach. Unfortunately, he did not manage to play in the National Football League (NFL).

Playing career

Steve Sarkisian's salary
Quarterback Steve Sarkisian of the Brigham Young Cougars in action against the Kansas State Wildcats in the Cotton Bowl game in Dallas. BYU won 19-15. Photo: Stephen Dunn (modified by author)
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He spent time with the El Camino College team between 1993-1994, then joined the BYU Cougars football team from 1995-96. Sarkisian led the nation in passing efficiency as a senior in 1996 (173.6, the fourth-best mark in NCAA history).

Steve led the Cougars to the WAC championship and won the 1997 Cotton Bowl. He also bagged the WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1996. The coach spent three seasons(1997-99) at Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Coaching career

Steve Sarkisian teams coached
USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian walks players through an offensive formation at spring football practice at Howard Jones Field in Los Angeles on 23 March 2006. Photo: Kirby Lee
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The BYU graduate is one of college football's brightest offensive minds following his accomplishments. Here is a timeline of teams Steve Sarkisian coached before joining the University of Texas.

El Camino College (quarterbacks) 2000

Steve began his coaching journey at his former school as a quarterback coach. He only spent one year with the team and then moved to USC.

USC (analyst, quarterbacks) 2001-03

The experienced college football coach joined former BYU coach Norm Chow at USC in 2001. He began as an analyst and then rose to quarterbacks coach in 2002. During his tenure, the Trojans managed a 23-3 record and won The Associated Press national championship in 2003.

Oakland Raiders (QBs) 2004

Steve joined the Raiders for one year as a quarterbacks coach. The team managed 4,019 yards during his tenure, ranking eighth in the league. The Raiders also went 5-11 that year.

USC (QBs, associate head coach, offensive coordinator) 2005-08

The tactician returned to Los Angeles as a quarterback coach. He also served as associate head coach and offensive coordinator. The Trojans went 23-3 in 2007 and 2008 with Sarkisian as offensive coordinator.

Washington (head coach) 2009-13

Steve took on his first head-coaching role at Washington. He went 5-7 in 2009, followed by three consecutive 7-6 seasons. The coach led Washington to an 8-4 record in 2013, then returned to USC as head coach.

USC (head coach) 2014-15

Steve Sarkisian's contract
Coach Steve Sarkisian of the USC Trojans reacts during their game against Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on 11 October 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. The Trojans won 28-26. Photo: Christian Petersen
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The football coach led the Trojans to a 9-4 record in 2014 but got fired in his second season. He lost his job following misconduct after appearing in a meeting drunk.

Alabama (analyst/OC) 2016

Sarkisian joined Alabama as an analyst on Nick Saban's staff before becoming an offensive coordinator. The team lost 35-31 to Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship.

Atlanta Falcons (OC) 2017-18

Steve replaced Kyle Shanahan as the Falcons' offensive coordinator. He helped the team to a 10-6 and 7-9 record during his tenure. The Falcons ranked eighth in total yards in 2017 (364.8 per game) and tied for 14th in scoring offence (22.1 points per game).

Alabama (OC) 2019-20

Steve Sarkisian photos
Alabama's head coach Nick Saban (L) and Steve Sarkisian (squatting) during their game against the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on 9 November 2019 in Tuscaloosa. Photo: Todd Kirkland
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The BYU graduate returned to Alabama in 2019 as offensive coordinator. Alabama ranked sixth nationally in total offence (510.8 yards per game) and third in passing offence (342.2 yards per game) under Sarkisian. The tactician won the 2020 Broyles Award, an annual accolade given to the nation's top assistant coach.

Texas (head coach) 2021-present

Sarkisian joined the University of Texas as its 31st head coach in 2021. He had a disappointing first season, recording 5-7, before bouncing back in 2022 with an 8-5 record. He guided Texas to their first 10-win season since 2009 and his first 10-win season as a head coach in 2023.

Steve Sarkisian's contract

The tactician penned a six-year contract with Texas in 2021 worth $34.2 million. His contract expires in 2016. If Texas fires him, Steve will still earn 70% of his total contract value.

Interesting facts about Steve Sarkisian

Sarkisian's religion is Catholicism. Besides his career, he has also devoted time to his family and fans on social media. Here is more about him.

Steve Sarkisian's wife

Steve Sarkisian's ex-wife
USC coach Steve Sarkisian with his ex-wife, Stephanie (L) and children after defeating Notre Dame at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on 29 November 2014. Photo: Robert Beck
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The football tactician married his first wife and high school sweetheart, Stephanie, in 1997. The couple filed for a divorce in 2016. Steve had to make a one-time payment of $293k and give his former spouse a Land Rover as a settlement.

Who is Steve Sarkisian's current wife? The coach married his second wife, Loreal Smith, in 2020. She is a stylist and former track athlete.

Steve Sarkisian's children

Steve Sarkisian's ex-wife gave birth to three children during their marriage. They are Taylor, Ashley, and Bradley. Steve Sarkisian and wife Loreal do not have kids together.

Social media

The tactician has 50.4k followers on Instagram, where he connects with his fans. He is also available on X (Twitter) with 138.4k followers.

Steve Sarkisian's salary, net worth, and career achievements have raised his status as one of the best and most sought-after college coaches. He is an inspiration and mentor to many young talents.

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