Chart: Comparing Alabama staff salaries from 2010 to 2014

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday March 30, 2015


On Sunday, CoachingSearch compared the highest paid assistant salaries in 2010 and 2014. As coaching salaries have skyrocketed in recent years, no school has changed that landscape more than Alabama.

Head coach Nick Saban received a raise last summer to pay him at least $6.9 million. He is, by far, the highest-paid coach in college football. His original salary in 2007 paid him $4 million, and by 2010, he earned about $4.8 million. That's about a 43 percent increase from 2010 to 2014.

But Saban isn’t the only one seeing a raise at Alabama. Here’s a look at the salaries for Alabama’s nine full-time assistants in 2010 and 2014, based on USA Today's database.

The average salary for an Alabama assistant increased nearly 60 percent from 2010 to 2014, and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart’s salary has increased by nearly 80 percent. Every offseason, Smart’s name comes up for head coaching jobs, but Saban has been able to hold onto his defensive coordinator.

Tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Bobby Williams and running backs / associate head coach Burton Burns are the only other 2010 assistants still on staff. Williams’ salary has increased 38 percent since 2010, and Burns’ has increased by 24 percent.

Something that sticks out looking at the numbers is that the second-highest salary in 2010 would have been the eighth-highest in 2014.

In 2010, Jeremy Pruitt had been promoted to defensive backs coach after previously serving in a support role. In 2015, Mel Tucker joined the staff as defensive backs / assistant head coach, and defensive analyst Tosh Lupoi has been promoted to outside linebackers coach. Their salaries have not been made public yet.

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Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.