Salary Talk: LSU’s staff leads nation

They call him Chief. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

LSU’s coaching staff leads the nation in total salary, according to USA Today’s annual assistant coaches’ salary rankings released Wednesday.

The Tigers nine staff members make a combined $4.56 million, topping No. 2 Alabama’s $4.46 million pay. LSU is the only school with three assistant coaches ranked in the top 21 in the nation in salary. Clemson, Michigan and Alabamahave two assistants in the top 21.

Frank Wilson is the 18th highest-paid assistant in college football. (John Oubre | The Advocate)

Defensive coordinator John Chavis’ $1.1 million years pay ranks third nationally behind Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris ($1.3) and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart ($1.15).

Frank Wilson, LSU’s running backs and recruiting coordinator, is 18th nationally with a salary of $616,667, and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s $600,000 is tied for 21st.

The SEC has six of the top 10 highest-paid staffs in the nation.

LSU, Alabama, Clemson, Texas and Auburnare the top five in that order.Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Georgia and Arkansas follow as the next five.

As reported by The Advocate last week, LSU’s assistant coaches are due $1.065 million in raises next season and at least $320,000 in bonuses this year.

LSU’s assistant salaries

  • John Chavis, defensive coordinator: $1.1 million*
  • Frank Wilson, recruiting coordinator and running backs coach: $616,667*
  • Cam Cameron, offensive coordinator: $600,000*
  • Greg Studrawa, offensive line coach: $530,334
  • Brick Haley, defensive line coach: $448, 467*
  • Corey Raymond, defensive backs coach: $326,667
  • Thomas McGaughey, special teams coordinator/defensive assistant: $326,667*
  • Adam Henry, receivers coach: $320,000*
  • Steve Ensminger, tight ends coach: $280,334*

*Those coaches will receive a built-in raise on Jan. 1 ranging from $25,000 to Cameron’s $700,000 (obviously the Ravens, his last team, were paying some of his salary this year). For more, see our story last week.