Highest-paid public employee in your state? Probably a college sports coach

Highest-paid public employee in your state? Probably a college sports coach

[Ed. – Yeah, a lot of people recognize immediately that that must be true.  I don’t think we ponder it very often.  It’s because Americans love our sports, and especially love college football and basketball.  It really is that simple.  (Harbaugh, who knew, huh?)]

A college football or basketball coach was the highest-paid public employee in 39 of the 50 states in 2016. Only four of these coaches earned less than a million dollars last year.

In fact, the average annual compensation package for coaches at major universities is estimated to be $1.18 million.

Here are the top ten coaches who are the highest-paid public employees in their respective states, as reported by ESPN.com:

  1. Jim Harbaugh, University of Michigan football coach: $9 million,
  2. John Calipari, University of Kentucky basketball coach: $ 7.1 million,
  3. Nick Saban, University of Alabama football coach: $6.0 million,
  4. Urban Meyer, Ohio State University football coach: $6.0 million,
  5. Bob Stoops, University of Oklahoma football coach: $5.6 million…

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