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.

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