College Guide


December 20, 2012 10:00 AM The $200,000 Assistant Coach

By Daniel Luzer

Who says academia doesn’t pay well?

According to an analysis by USA Today, the average assistant football coach in a major college program earns roughly $200,000 a year. That’s 29 percent more than they earned in 2009, when the newspaper began tracking the data.

The highest paid assistant coach is apparently the University of Southern California’s defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, who earned $1.5 million. Admittedly, being the defensive coordinator for huge football program like USC’s is a very important job with extensive responsibilities.

The president of USC, C. L. Max Nikias, earned $1.3 million for 2010-2011.

The average salary provided to a full professor at USC, incidentally, is $155,900 a year.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • Sir Bedevere on December 24, 2012 7:35 PM:

    Might this have anything to do with the minor detail that Monte Kiffin's son is the head coach at USC?

  • Daniel on December 24, 2012 10:09 PM:

    It sure doesn't hurt, but Monte Kiffin was one of America's most famous defensive coordinators long before his son got the job at USC.