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Coaching at a big time college football is both highly lucrative and highly stressful. Few occupations are as instable as coaching, as staffs see turnover regularly — both because of people being fired and others being hired away. The head coach gets the majority of the attention — and the majority of the salary — but the talent of the assistants as coaches and recruiters is just as vital to the success of a program.

This offseason we’ve seen a few examples of how seriously teams take having the best possible assistants and coordinators. Will Muschamp was fired by Florida, but was without a job very briefly before signing a deal worth $1.6 million per year with Auburn to be their defensive coordinator — and subsequently making him the highest paid assistant coach in the country. Texas A&M, in desperate need of improving its defense, swiped John Chavis away from LSU for the handsome price of $1.5 million. Alabama and LSU each gave assistants raises to put them in that same range, as Kirby Smart (Alabama DC) and Cam Cameron (LSU OC) got bumps to $1.5 million.

This is the list of the top 10 staff salaries in college football from 2014, so there will be some changes when 2015 numbers are released. LSU and Clemson each lost a coordinator and replaced with cheaper, in-house coaches, so they will likely be a little further down this coming year. Meanwhile, Auburn and Michigan each brought in some new, high-priced assistants that will likely move them up.

This list is just the cost of assistants. For the most expensive head coaches, go here.

The next five teams that just missed this list from 2014 are Texas A&M, Florida State, South Carolina, Georgia, and Oregon. Salary information from the USA Today salary database.

1. LSU (8-5) — $5,499,269 (Highest: Cam Cameron — $1.31 million; John Chavis — $1.31 million)

2. Alabama (12-2) — $5,213,400 (Highest: Kirby Smart — $1.35 million; Kevin Steele — $702,750)

3. Clemson (10-3) — $4,448,225 (Highest: Chad Morris — $1.3 million; Brent Venables — $875,000)

4. Auburn (8-5)  — $4,370,000 (Highest: Ellis Johnson — $850,000; Rhett Lashlee — $600,000)

5. Oklahoma (8-5) — $4,077,900 (Highest: Mike Stoops — $856,400; Josh Heupel — $612,400)

6. Texas (6-7) — $3,841,640 (Highest: Vance Bedford — $800,500; Shawn Watson — $650,000)

7. UCLA (10-3) — $3,762,500 (Highest: Noel Mazzone — $762,000; Adrian Klemm — $723,000)

8. Ohio State (13-1) — $3,592,025 (Highest: Luke Fickell — $600,000; Chris Ash — $590,000)

9. Virginia Tech (7-6) — $3,583,250 (Highest: Scot Loeffler — $400,000; Bryan Stinespring — $324,250)

10. Michigan (5-7) — $3,504,323 (Highest: Greg Mattison — $888,333; Doug Nussmeier — $830,000)