McGarity among lowest-paid athletics directors in SEC

semerson@macon.comMarch 6, 2013 

ATHENS - We've seen comparisons of head football coaches salaries. We've seen where basketball coaches compare to each other. And now we can see how their bosses stack up.

USA Today has obtained the salaries for the nation's athletics directors, and a scan reveals this for Georgia: Outside of the two Mississippi schools, Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity is the lowest-paid in the SEC.

Here's a link to that USA Today Database.

Here is each SEC athletics director's salary:

David Williams, Vanderbilt ....$3,239,678
Jeremy Foley, Florida ........ $1,233,250
Jeff Long, Arkansas ........... $903,900
Joe Alleva, LSU ............... $725,000
Dave Hart, Tennessee .......... $817,250
Eric Hyman, Texas A&M ......... $800,000
Mike Alden, Missouri .......... $674,317
Ray Tanner, South Carolina .... $675,000
Mitch Barnhart, Kentucky ...... $650,000
Jay Jacobs, Auburn ............ $615,000
Mal Moore, Alabama ............ $600,500
Greg McGarity, Georgia ........ $525,000
Scott Stricklin, Mississippi St. $450,00
Ross Bjork, Ole Miss .......... $400,000

The gargantuan salary of Vanderbilt's A.D. is due to that school's different set-up: Williams came to Vanderbilt in a non-athletic capacity, then took over athletics when the school changed the way athletics was administered in the mid-2000s.

McGarity also isn't the highest-paid athletics director in his own state: Georgia Tech's Mike Bobinski earns $625,000 per year.

McGarity is due to receive a raise to $550,00 this July, according to an amended contract he signed last year. His original salary, when hired in 2010, was $460,000, and that went up to $500,000 last year.

The contract takes him through the end of 2016.

Most of the men ahead of McGarity on the above list have been in their jobs, or moved from another A.D. job, longer than McGarity, who was hired in 2010, after two decades as an associate to Foley at Florida. The only more higher-paid A.D. with less experience is South Carolina's Tanner, who was promoted to the job after a successful run as the Gamecocks' head baseball coach.

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