Cal's Sonny Dykes was the second-highest paid Football Bowl Subdivision coach per victory in the country this year.
Dykes, in his debut season, was paid $1.8 million to deliver just a single victory for the Golden Bears. Cal was 1-11 in 2013.
Only Purdue's Darrell Hazell, who earned a little more than $2 million, was paid more per victory, according to a database assembled by USA Today. The Boilermakers also were 1-11.
Five FBS coaches earned more than $1 million per victory, also including Virginia's Mike London ($1.09 million for each of two wins), Arkansas's Bret Bielema ($1.07 milion for each of two wins) and Kentucky's Mark Stoops (just over $1 million for each of two wins).
All but London among those five coaches were in their first season at their school.
The survey did not include private schools or others whose compensation figures were not available.
The most cost-effective coach in the country was Rod Carey, who earned $31,250 for each of Northern Illinois' 12 victories.
Among Pac-12 coaches, no figures are available for Stanford's David Shaw or former USC coach Lane Kiffin, both from private schools.
Here are the numbers for the rest of the Pac-12 coaches:
Mike MacIntyre, Colorado: $500,875 for each of four wins
Kyle Whittingham, Utah: $420,420 for each of five wins
Mike Leach, Washington State: $375,000 for each of six wins
Steve Sarkisian, Washington: $321,875 for each of eight wins
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona: $264,286 for each of seven wins
Jim Mora, UCLA: $255,556 for each of nine wins
Mike Riley, Oregon State: $236,307 for each of six wins
Todd Graham, Arizona State: $230,000 for each of 10 wins
Mark Helfrich, Oregon: $180,000 for each of 10 wins