USA Today released a database on Wednesday featuring the salary totals of football assistant coaches at FBS schools. It is not a surprise that the SEC landed high on the list in multiple categories.
Five SEC teams (LSU, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M) top the list with the highest total salaries for assistant coaches. LSU is first with $5,471,236 million in combined salary for its assistants, while the Aggies rank fifth with $4,419,360 million.
The conference also boasted five of the top six highest paid assistants in the country in 2015.
Former Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has departed for the South Carolina head coaching job, but he was the highest paid assistant coach in the country this season with a base salary of $1.6 million. Texas A&M’s John Chavis, Alabama’s Kirby Smart and LSU’s Cam Cameron all made $1.5 million in base salary, while UGA’s Jeremy Pruitt rounded out the top six at $1.3 million.
LSU, UGA and South Carolina each had two assistants among the top 25 in individual salaries, while Arkansas’ Robb Smith (tied for 23rd) also made the cut.
There is a constant debate about which conference is the best in the country, but when it comes to assistant coaches’ salaries, the SEC is still the unquestioned leader.