SEC East vs. West average coaching salaries
It definitely pays to win — especially in the SEC West. For winning the SEC East last year, Florida coach Jim McElwain recently received a $750,000 raise, which bumps his annual salary to $4.25 million and makes him the highest-paid coach in the division.
But that hefty figure pales in comparison with what McElwain’s peers make on the other side of the conference. Entering the 2016 season, the average combined salary of the SEC West’s head coaches, offensive coordinators and defensive coordinators is a whopping $6.76 million, which doesn’t even include what the rest of the assistants will earn.
Among SEC East teams, that average is just 4.87 million — more than $1.8 mil less. Alabama’s trio of Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin and Jeremy Pruitt leads the conference with a total combined salary of $9.07 million, and is ahead of Texas A&M ($7.3 million), LSU ($6.09 million) and Auburn ($6.07).
All of those figures are higher than the $5.78 million Tennessee’s Butch Jones, Mike DeBord and Bob Shoop will combine to make in 2016, which leads the SEC East.
New Missouri coach Barry Odom and coordinators Josh Heupel and DeMontie Cross are slated to earn $3.65 million, the lowest total in the SEC, and no other East team will pay less than the $4.45 million new head coach Kirby Smart and coordinators Jim Chaney and Mel Tucker will earn this year.
Six teams from each division were used to determine the average salaries. Because Vanderbilt is a private institution, its salary information is not available; Mississippi State was not included because the 2016 salary of new defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon is not available.
You can the find the 2016 salaries for each SEC coach here. Here are the expected 2016 incomes for each SEC school’s head coach and its coordinators, beginning with the East.
Head coach: Jim McElwain, $4.25 million
Offensive coordinator: Doug Nussmeier, $501,500
Defensive coordinator: Geoff Collins, $701,000
Total: $5.45 million
Head coach: Kirby Smart, $3.75 million
Offensive coordinator: Jim Chaney, $850,000
Defensive coordinator: Mel Tucker, $850,000
Total: $4.45 million
Head coach: Mark Stoops, $3.5 million
Co-offensive coordinator: Eddie Gran, $650,000
Co-offensive coordinator: Darin Hinshaw, $400,000
Defensive coordinator: D.J. Eliot, $575,000
Total: $5.125 million
Head coach: Barry Odom, $2.35 million
Offensive coordinator: Josh Heupel, $700,000
Defensive coordinator: Demontie Cross, $600,000
Total: $3.65 million
Head coach: Will Muschamp, $3 million
Co-offensive coordinator: Kurt Roper, $700,000
Co-offensive coordinator: Bryan McClendon, $450,000
Defensive coordinator: Travaris Robinson, $750,000
Total: $4.9 million
Head coach: Butch Jones, $4.13 million
Offensive coordinator: Mike DeBord, $500,000
Defensive coordinator: Bob Shoop, $1.15 million
Total: $5.78 million
Head coach: Derek Mason, N/A
Offensive coordinator: Andy Ludwig, N/A
Defensive coordinator: Mason
*Coacheshotseat.com reported Mason’s salary at $2.25 million.
Head coach: Nick Saban, $7.09 million
Offensive coordinator: Lane Kiffin, $680,000
Defensive coordinator: Jeremy Pruitt, $1.3 million
Total: $9.07 million
Head coach: Bret Bielema, $4.06 million
Offensive coordinator: Dan Enos, $700,000
Defensive coordinator: Robb Smith, $800,000
Total: $5.56 million
Head coach: Gus Malzahn, $4.35 million
Offensive coordinator: Rhett Lashlee, $603,000
Defensive coordinator: Kevin Steele, $1.33 million
Total: $6.28 million
Head coach: Les Miles, $4.39 million
Offensive coordinator: Cam Cameron, $1.5 million (2015)
Defensive coordinator: Dave Aranda, $1.2 million
Total: $6.09 million
Head coach: Dan Mullen, $4 million
C0-offensive coordinator: Billy Gonzales, $375,000
C0-offensive coordinator: John Hevesy, $400,000
Defensive coordinator: Peter Sirmon, N/A
Head coach: Hugh Freeze, $4.7 million
C0-offensive coordinator: Matt Luke, $465,000
C0-offensive coordinator: Dan Werner, $390,000
Defensive coordinator: Dave Wommack, $750,000
Total: $6.305 million
Head coach: Kevin Sumlin, $5 million
Offensive coordinator: Noel Mazzone, $800,000
Defensive coordinator: John Chavis, $1.5 million
Total: $7.3 million
Note: Salaries based on USA Today’s database from 2015 and local media outlets.