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Washington’s Chris Petersen now Pac-12’s highest-paid coach, in top 20 nationally

Former Boise State football coach Chris Petersen signed a lucrative extension at the University of Washington that puts his salary atop the Pac-12 and is among the top 20 in the nation.

Washington formally announced Tuesday that Petersen has signed an extension through the 2023 season that will pay him $4.125 million in 2017 and caps out at $5.625 million at the end of the deal. Over the seven years, it’s an average of $4.87 million per season.

According to USA Today, Petersen’s 2016 salary was $3.6 million, 25th in the Football Bowl Subdivision and third in the Pac-12. His 2017 salary would place him 18th among coaches’ 2016 pay.

“I am honored to work alongside such a talented staff, and this extension demonstrates the university's commitment to investing in a championship program," Petersen said in a statement.

Also included in the new contract is a bump in the Huskies’ assistants’ salary pool by more than $1 million. Petersen’s coordinators, both former Boise State assistants, will make $850,000 (defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski) and $700,000 (offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith). Scott Huff, who left Boise State for Washington last month, will make $500,000 as offensive line coach. He made $285,000 at Boise State.

Petersen went 92-12 as Boise State’s head coach from 2006-13 and has gone 27-14 in three seasons at Washington, taking the Huskies to the College Football Playoff last season. He made approximately $2.2 million in his final season with the Broncos.