Georgia’s assistant coaches’ pay compares well nationally

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Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and receivers coach James Coley during a Dawg Walk this season.

ATHENS — The salary of Georgia’s head football coach doesn’t rank high, but his assistant coaches fare pretty well.

Georgia’s assistant coaching staff is the fifth-highest paid in the country, and fourth-highest paid in the SEC. That’s according to the USA TODAY database, that lists the salaries for each assistant at a public institution, as well as several private ones.

LSU leads the way nationally, followed by Clemson, and then three SEC schools. Here’s the full list in the SEC.

LSU: $5.782 million

Alabama: $5.32 million

Texas A&M: $4.811 million

Georgia: $4.675 million

Florida: $4.530 million

Tennessee: $4.54 million

Auburn: $4.446 million

Ole Miss: $4.262 million

South Carolina: $3.95 million

Arkansas: $3.89 million

Missouri: $3.801 million

Kentucky: $3.4 million

Miss State: $3.295 million

Georgia’s assistant coach salaries, all previously reported:

  • Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney: $850,000
  • Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker: $850,000
  • Offensive line coach Sam Pittman: $650,000
  • Receivers coach James Coley: $600,000
  • Defensive line coach Tracy Rocker: $525,000
  • Outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer: $375,000
  • Special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Shane Beamer: $300,000
  • Running backs coach Dell McGee: $275,000
  • Inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann: $250,000

Private school salaries aren’t mandated to be public, but it is known that Notre Dame was paying Brian VanGorder $1.1 million this year. VanGorder was fired in September, and ended up serving at Georgia in an advisory role the final couple weeks of the season.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is earning $3.75 million this year, which ranks 10th in the SEC among public schools. (The salaries at Vanderbilt are not available.)

Georgia is 7-5 entering the Liberty Bowl, on Dec. 30 against TCU – which as a private school also doesn’t have to release its salaries.

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