USA Today releases its annual assistant coach salary database — with strength coaches

USA Today on Wednesday released its annual survey of assistant coaching salaries — and it’s already outdated. Texas A&M’s John Chavis is listed as the leader at $1.558 million, only to be immediately surpassed by LSU’s Dave Aranda and his new $1.8 million salary. The first $2 million coordinator will be upon us soon.

As always, the database is great work by the folks at USA Today. The top-10, updated with today’s information and reflecting current employment status:

  1. Dave Aranda, LSU — $1.8 million
  2. John Chavis, Texas A&M — $1.558 million
  3. Brent Venables, Clemson — $1.431 million
  4. Lane Kiffin, Alabama — $1.4 million
  5. Todd Grantham, Louisville — $1.3 million
  6. Bob Shoop, Tennessee — $1.115 million
  7. Kevin Steele, Auburn — $1.11 million
  8. Geoff Collins, Florida — $1.05 million
  9. Jeremy Pruitt, Alabama — $1 million
  10. Noel Mazzonne, Texas A&M — $965,000

In today’s age of point-a-minute offenses, defensive coordinators are now commanding higher price tags than offensive coordinators. Though, to be fair, everyone’s price is rising these days.

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New to this year’s database — strength coaches.

  1. Chris Doyle, Iowa — $625,000
  2. Scott Cochran, Alabama — $525,000
  3. Mickey Mariotti, Ohio State — $520,000
  4. Sal Alosi, UCLA — $410,000
  5. Jeff Dillman, South Carolina — $400,000
  6. Rob Glass, Oklahoma State — $395,000
  7. Paul Jackson, Ole Miss — $375,000
  8. Joey Batson, Clemson — $368,000
  9. Vic Viloria, Florida State — $362,000
  10. Rohrk Cutchlow, Missouri — $360,000

Check out the full database here.