A Comparison of SEC Coaches Salaries for 2011

With the onset of Spring Practice around the Southeastern Conference, the contracts for almost all of the coaches have gotten taken care of as well. The SEC continues to rule the roost when it comes to compensating its coaches and nowhere is that more evident than in the ultra-competitive SEC West.

The bounty from Auburn's 2010 BCS National Championship certainly extended to the coaching staff. Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn's new $1.3 million salary is more than three times what he made the year prior and more than enough to make him the highest-paid assistant in college football. Head Coach Gene Chizik, whose base salary was $2.1 million last year before bonuses from the national title, saw his annual paycheck increase by 50%.

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban's $6.1 million pay for 2010 made him college football's highest-paid coach and among the best compensated in the sport. The massive increase over 2009's $5.2 million figure was largely due to restructuring of how the payments of specific bonuses were timed. Saban's annual salary is $4.6 million and his 2011 pay is expected to be back on par with last year's figure.

Last week the UA trustees green-lighted a slew of new contracts for Saban's assistants that kept the Crimson Tide staff among the best-paid in the nation. That included a $62,000 raise for Crimson Tide DC Kirby Smart which makes him at No. 2 in pay among SEC assistants and the lead  among the conference's defensive coordinators. OC Jim McElwain got a $100,000 raise that put him in the top quarter of the conference for his position in terms of pay.

While Florida might be saving $1.3 million a year in exchanging Head Coach Urban Meyer for former Longhorn's DC Will Muschamp, the pay to the assistants on the staff has increased substantially. New OC Charlie Weis's salary is more than double that of Steve Addazio's and Dan Quinn's cool half mil is $80,000 more than former DC Teryl Austin's annual haul.

Over in Starkville, the panjandrums at Mississippi State were so happy with Dan Mullins' performance they more than doubled his salary in the off-season to $2.7 million putting him on-par with Florida's new HC and firmly in the middle of the conference's pay scale. New Bulldogs DC Chris Wilson will pull in $300,000 this year; $100,000 more than former DC Manny Diaz who left for Texas and $60,000 more than his previous salary on the staff.

In Arkansas, the rewards of the Ryan Mallett experience weren't nearly as lucrative as the blessing Cam Newton bestowed upon the Plains but they were not insubstantial either. Petrino saw his $2.7 million salary get increased by almost a third and OC Garrick McGee had an additional $125K per year in his stocking.

Les Miles held pat on his $3.751 million per year but new OC Steve Kragthorpe's $700,000 marks a quarter-million-dollar pay hike for the position previously occupied by Cary Crowton. DC John Chavis saw a $100,000 raise for his efforts over the past year.

To help everyone keep track at home, we've compiled a chart comparing the pay for the conference's head coaches, offensive coordinators and defensive coordinators. It was assembled using the USA Today's Coaches' Salary Database for 2010 as a baseline. That report was assembled from a variety of sources and published last December. From that we have scoured newspaper items for updates on salaries for each position. A list of these articles with links is below the jump.

The figures represent base salary and guaranteed provisions where they could be determined. Several of these figures are proposed numbers awaiting approval by the schools in question. Given the wide variety of sources and conflicting information on some of the figures, this list should be treated as a rough comparison of the various teams coaches salaries rather than a definitive listing of the pay figures. The pay chart for last year can be found here.

Team Head Coach Offensive Coordinator Defensive Coordinator

 

Alabama

Nick Saban
$6.1 million
Jim McElwain
$510,000
Kirby Smart
$850,000

 

Arkansas

Bobby Petrino
$3.56 million
Garrick McGee
$425,000
Willy Robinson
$375,000

 

Auburn

Gene Chizik
$3.5 million
Gus Malzahn
$1.3 million
Ted Roof
$500,000

 

Florida

Will Muschamp
$2.7 million
Charlie Weis
$765,000
Dan Quinn
$500,000

 

Georgia

Mark Richt
$2.8 million†
Mike Bobo
$325,000†
Todd Grantham
$760,000†

 

Kentucky

Joker Phillips
$1.7 million†
Randy Sanders
$320,000†
Steve Brown
$320,000†

 

LSU

Les Miles
$3.75 million
Steve Kragthorpe
$700,000
John Chavis
$700,000

 

Mississippi

Houston Nutt
$2.7 million
David Lee
$450,000
Tyrone Nix
$550,000

 

Miss. State

Dan Mullen
$2.65 million
Les Koenning
$275,000
Chris Wilson
$300,000

 

South Carolina

Steve Spurrier
$2.8 million
Shawn Elliott*
$150,000†
Ellis Johnson**
$700,000†

 

Tennessee

Derek Dooley
$2 million
Jim Cheney
$425,000
Justin Wilcox
$625,000†

 

Vanderbilt***

James Franklin
N/A
John Donovan
N/A
Bob Shoop
N/A

Information reflects 2010 salary figures. Unable to confirm if these are the same or have increased for 2011.

* South Carolina's HC, Steve Spurrier, acts as the offensive coordinator. Shawn Elliott is run game coordinator and offensive line coach.

**Ellis Johnson is South Carolina's assistant head coach in charge of defense. The defensive coordinator is a separate position.

*** As a private institution Vanderbilt is not obligated to release salary figures for its employees.

UPDATED 4/18 - Includes Steve Spurrier's new salary.

UPDATED 6/13 - Includes Gene Chizik's and Ted Roof's new salaries.

Sources:

"NSLI Coaches Salary Database." USA Today Dec. 26, 2010.

Associated Press "Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen gets contract extension, pay raise." The Birmingham News Dec. 30, 2010.

Associated Press "Arkansas secures Petrino through 2017 season." CBS Sports.com Dec. 11, 2010.

Berkowitz, Steve "Auburn football staff to make $4 million." USA Today June 13, 2011

Deas, Tommy "Nick Saban highest-paid college coach." The Tuscaloosa News Dec. 9, 2010.

Deas, Tommy "McElwain a candidate for Texas offensive coordinator" The Tuscaloosa News Dec. 10, 2010.

Goldberg, Charles "Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzhan signs multi-year deal worth $1.3 million annually." al.com Dec. 13, 2010.

Gould, Izzy "Alabama Coaches contracts approved." The Birmingham News, March 31, 2011

Haney, Travis "Board Approves Raise for Spurrier." The Post and Courier, April 16, 2011.

Helman, David "LSU football coach Les Miles agrees to seven-year contract with Tigers." The Times-Picayune Jan. 12, 2011.

Kleinpeter, Jim "LSU proposes hefty deal for Kragthorpe." The Times-Picayune Feb. 25, 2011

Lieser, Jason "OC Charlie Weis is highest-paid Florida assistant at $2.6M over three years, many on 1-year deals." The Palm Beach Post Gator Bytes Blog Feb. 25, 2011.

Miller, David "MSU football assistant coaches get raises." The Dispatch, March 11, 2011

Moore, Randy "Wilcox will be back." InsideTennessee.com, Jan. 1, 2011.

Neiswanger, Robbie "Football: McGee in line for a pay raise." Arkansasnews.com Jan. 27, 2011.

Novy-Williams, Eben and Curtis Eichelberger "Auburn Football Coach Gene Chizik Earns $600,000 Bonus With National Title." Bloomberg Jan. 10, 2011.

Veazey, Kyle "Rebel assistants to cost about $445K more in '11." The Clarion Ledger Feb. 4, 2011.

Ward, Austin "Dooley's pay raise remains unclear." The Knoxville News Sentinel Jan. 12, 2011.

Weiberg, Steve and Steve Berkowitz "Big season brings bonuses to football assistants in Oregon." USA Today Dec. 21, 2010.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Team Speed Kills

You must be a member of Team Speed Kills to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Team Speed Kills. You should read them.

Join Team Speed Kills

You must be a member of Team Speed Kills to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Team Speed Kills. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker