It costs a lot to employ a college football coaching staff, and South Carolina competes in the highest-spending league.
The Gamecocks staff was paid $3,952,400 for the 2016 season according the USA Today’s annual coaching salaries database. That ranks 16th nationally and ninth in the SEC.
Clemson’s staff earned $5,390,417, second-highest in the country.
Gamecocks defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson’s 30th nationally among individual coaches at $750,000, with Kurt Roper’s $700,000 at 34th.
The totals are down from last year, when USC’s total of $3,995,600 ranked 10th in the country and sixth in the SEC. That included an extra assistant because of Shawn Elliott’s promotion to interim coach.
Defensive coordinator: Travaris Robinson, $750,000
Offensive coordinator: Kurt Roper, $700,000
Defensive line coach and AHC for defense: Lance Thompson, $500,000
Offensive line coach: Shawn Elliott, $500,000
Wide receivers coach and offensive co-coordinator: Bryan McClendon, $450,000
Special teams coordinator and linebackers coach: Coleman Hutzler, $350,000
Running backs coach: Bobby Bentley, $300,000
Outside linebackers coach: Mike Peterson, $200,000
Tight ends coach: Pat Washington, $200,000
SEC Coaching Staff Salaries
What assistants make at SEC schools:
LSU: $5.47 million
Auburn: $5.34 million
Alabama: $5.23 million
Georgia: $4.81 million
Texas A&M: $4.42 million
Florida: $3.73 million
Missouri: $3.63 million
Tennessee: $3.54 million
Arkansas: $3.53 million
Mississippi State: $3.29 million
Ole Miss: $3.09 million
Kentucky: $3.00 million