I can't even imagine the daily demands of Jack Swarbrick's job, but at least the Notre Dame athletics director is getting paid handsomely for his services.
Swarbrick, a Notre Dame graduate, was appointed athletics director in 2008. A decade later, he's believed to be the highest-paid athletics director in the country. According to new data published by USA Today and Athletic Director U, Swarbrick has a base salary of $994,751 but earns $2,056,169 through "other university compensation," bringing his annual compensation to >$3,050,920. Though the data only includes figures for 115 of 130 athletics directors (hence "he's believed to be the highest-paid athletics director"), it's highly unlikely another AD is making more.
None of the other 114 ADs earn more than $1.6 million per year, with Northwestern's Jim Phillips ($1,570,766) and Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez ($1,550,000) coming in second and third, respectively. There are some notable ADs whose compensation was not reported, including Miami 's Blake James, Stanford's Bernard Muir and USC 's Lynn Swann, though none of them are believed to earn anywhere near the $3 million that Swarbrick does.
Here's a look at the 17 ADs earning over $1 million (you can view the full list here):