Who’s the Highest Paid Public Employee in Your State?

No matter what state you hail from, he’s an employee of one of your public universities.

And he’s probably a coach. Except for a few states where academic deans top the list (and Nevada, where the big winner is a plastic surgeon employed by University of Nevada School of Medicine) the jocks are the big winners here.

Here’s the map, by Reuben Fischer-Baum at Deadspin:

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Fischer-Baum points out that just because these coaches are public employees doesn’t mean their massive salaries (Mack Brown, football coach of the University of Texas at Austin, got $5 million last year) are actually paid by taxpayers. In most cases salaries come out of sports revenue.

But just remember this the next time public colleges cry poverty as an excuse to hike tuition. There’s certainly money somewhere….

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Daniel Luzer

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