Your State's Highest-Paid Employee

State governments have a lot of people on the payroll. There are legislators, judges, social workers, inspectors, police, and the educational system, from elementary school to state universities. Deadspin looked at the records and determined the highest-paid employee on each state's public payroll.

Based on data drawn from media reports and state salary databases, the ranks of the highest-paid active public employees include 27 football coaches, 13 basketball coaches, one hockey coach, and 10 dorks who aren't even in charge of a team.

Those "10 dorks" are also university employees: chancellors, presidents, or deans (and then there's Nevada). At the link, you'll find more information about where the money for the coaches comes from, and where it might otherwise go. Link  -via Digg

I bet any money that the football coach in Texas is none other than UT's Mack Brown. Screw teaching these kids how to read, let's throw millions of dollars to a football program to entertain the masses and see boys completely tear apart their bodies before age 22. Trust me ... I LOVE FOOTBALL! But state and federal government's allocation of tax money is ridiculous. These coaches are not gods.
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I find it repulsive that a sports coach earns more (and that much more) than an academic professor. Salary should be based on merit, not on popularity or need or any other silly lopsided metric they are using now.
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