Defense might not always win championships, but coaching that side of the ball pays well, especially in the SEC.

As we look ahead to the 2016 season, six SEC coordinators will earn more than $1 million this fall, while four more will make at least $800,000. And seven of those coaches — you guessed it — are defensive coordinators.

Related: Updated SEC coaches salaries heading into 2016 season

LSU’s two coordinators, Cam Cameron and newcomer Dave Aranda, each rank in the top 5. Texas A&M’s John Chavis (tied for first as the SEC’s highest-paid assistant) and Noel Mazzone both cracked the list as well, and Georgia is also represented twice in the top 10, with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker leading new head coach Kirby Smart’s staff.

Seven coaches ranked in the top 10 will make their debuts with new schools this fall: Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee DC Bob Shoop, Auburn DC Kevin Steele, Aranda, Chaney and Tucker and Mazzone.

Take a look at the complete top 10 and see just how much some of the conference’s top assistants are earning for their work:

T1. John Chavis Texas A&M Def. Coordinator $1.5 mil
T1. Cam Cameron LSU Off. Coordinator $1.5 mil
3. Kevin Steele Auburn Def. Coordinator $1.33 mil
4. Jeremy Pruitt Alabama Def. Coordinator $1.3 mil
5. Dave Aranda LSU Def. Coordinator $1.2 mil
6. Bob Shoop Tennessee Def. Coordinator $1.15 mil
T7. Jim Chaney Georgia Off. Coordinator $850K
T7. Mel Tucker Georgia Def. Coordinator $850K
T9. Robb Smith Arkansas Def. Coordinator $800K
T9. Noel Mazzone Texas A&M Off. Coordinator $800K

NOTE: Salaries based on USA Today’s database. Not all Vanderbilt coaching salaries are made public due to the University’s standing as a private institution; Cameron’s salary is from 2015. He and LSU agreed to a new deal last month, according to, but the terms of that contract have not been revealed.