It pays to be an SEC assistant coach.

No, SEC assistants don’t make the $4 million plus of every SEC West head coach. But several coordinators are making money previously reserved only for well-established power-conference head coaches.

Seven of the 10 highest-paid college football assistants coach in the SEC, including five defensive coordinators.

10 HIGHEST-PAID COLLEGE FOOTBALL ASSISTANTS, 2015*

CoachSchool/Main TitleSalary
1. Will MuschampAuburn defensive coordinator$1.6 million
T2. Kirby SmartAlabama defensive coordinator$1.5 million
T2. John ChavisTexas A&M defensive coordinator$1.5 million
T2. Cam CameronLSU offensive coordinator$1.5 million
5. Todd GranthamLouisville defensive coordinator$1.4 million
6. Brent VenablesClemson defensive coordinator$1.35 million
7. Jeremy PruittGeorgia defensive coordinator$1.3 million
8. Kevin SteeleLSU defensive coordinator$1 million
9. Brian SchottenheimerGeorgia offensive coordinator$950,000
T10. Bud FosterVirginia Tech defensive coordinator$900,000
T10. Mike NorvellArizona State offensive coordinator$900,000

*All data courtesy of CoachingSearch.com.

The SEC also compensates position coaches very well.

With the exception of offensive line, the SEC claims one or two of the three highest-paid coaches at every position. Note that several of these coaches hold additional titles like special teams coach or associate head coach.

OFFENSIVE LINE

CoachSchoolSalary
1. Adrian KlemmUCLA$723,000
2. Rick TrickettFlorida State$583,000
3. Joe WicklineTexas$575,000

DEFENSIVE LINE

CoachSchoolSalary
1. Greg MattisonMichigan$700,000
2. Rodney GarnerAuburn$600,000
3. Ron AikenOregon$500,000

RUNNING BACKS

CoachSchoolSalary
1. Frank WilsonLSU$660,000
2. Clarence McKinneyTexas A&M$458,000
3. Jay GrahamFlorida State$403,000

RECEIVERS

CoachSchoolSalary
Dameyune CraigAuburn$500,000
Lawrence DawseyFlorida State$463,000
Bryan McClendonGeorgia$400,000

DEFENSIVE BACKS

CoachSchoolSalary
1. Mel TuckerAlabama$500,000
2. Brian StewartNebraska$400,000
3. Demetrice MartinUCLA$385,000

TIGHT ENDS

CoachSchoolSalary
1. Bobby WilliamsAlabama$440,840
2. Tim BrewsterFlorida State$433,000
3. Tom OsborneOregon$367,584