The 10 highest-paid public employees in the country are all college head coaches. (h/t Walt)
- Nick Saban, University of Alabama football coach, Alabama – $7.09 million
- Jim Harbaugh, University of Michigan football coach, Michigan – $7 million
- John Calipari, University of Kentucky basketball coach, Kentucky – $6.88 million
- Urban Meyer, Ohio State University football coach, Ohio – $5.86 million
- Bob Stoops, University of Oklahoma football coach, Oklahoma – $5.86 million
- Charlie Strong, University of Texas football coach, Texas – $5.16 million
- Jimbo Fisher, Florida State University football coach, Florida – $5.15 million
- Sean Miller, University of Arizona basketball coach, Arizona – $4.95 million
- Bill Self, Kansas University basketball coach, Kansas – $4.94 million
- James Franklin, Penn State University football coach, Pennsylvania – $4.4 million
My guess is the next ten are, too. And let’s not forget those selfless assistants, toiling away in relative anonymity.
And a note: The 24/7 Wall Street list isn’t the overall highest-paid public employees in the country – it’s the highest paid from each state. For example, Alabama assistant coach Lane Kiffin was paid $680,000 last year, far above most of those on the non-coaching high-paying list, but since he’s not Alabama’s highest-paid employee, he isn’t included.
Bitch and moan all you like about what that says about government and academic institutional priorities, but the reality is that’s nothing more than a reflection of our priorities.