Assistant coaches in college football have seen salaries skyrocket over the past couple of years, especially at the top programs.
In order to compete in the SEC these days, you have to be willing to pay for top coordinators, and it appears many SEC schools are.
On Wednesday, USA TODAY’s compilation of 2018 assistant salaries came out, and there were plenty of SEC assistants making more than $1 million. Below, you can see the 10 assistants who made the most in 2018:
- Dave Aranda, LSU DC — $2,500,000
- Kevin Steele, Auburn DC — $2,050,000
- Mike Elko, Texas A&M DC — $1,800,000
- Mel Tucker, Georgia DC — $1,500,000
- Todd Grantham, Florida DC — $1,401,500
- Tyson Helton, Tennessee OC — $1,205,000
- Mike Locksley, Alabama OC — $1,200,000
- Travaris Robinson, South Carolina DC — $1,200,000
- Chip Lindsey, Auburn OC — $1,100,000
- Tosh Lupoi, Alabama DC — $1,100,000
Helton, Tucker, Locksley and Lindsey have all already left for other jobs, but there are sure to be some high-paid assistants taking their place in 2019.