Special Report

Highest Paid Public Employee in Every State

6. Colorado
> Highest paid employee:
Mike MacIntyre
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $2.01 million

Colorado’s highest-paid state employee, Mike MacIntyre, is the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes. MacIntyre earned more than $2 million last year. In comparison, Governor John Hickenlooper earns $90,000 per year, or less than one-twentieth of MacIntyre’s paycheck.

7. Connecticut
> Highest paid employee:
Kevin Ollie
> Position: College basketball coach
> Salary: $3 million

With a salary of $3 million, Kevin Ollie, coach of the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team, is the highest-paid public employee in Connecticut. Coach Geno Auriemma, who lead the UConn women’s basketball team to three consecutive championships from 2013-2015, will make $2.06 million this year.

8. Delaware
> Highest paid employee:
Ekeoma C. Wogu
> Position: Nursing supervisor
> Salary: $236,156

Ekeoma Wogu, a nursing supervisor at the Delaware Psychiatric Center whose base annual salary is $60,000, earns an estimated $176,000 in overtime and bonus pay each year to be Delaware’s highest-paid state employee. Other top-earners in Delaware also hold municipal services jobs, including a youth psychiatrist, criminal investigator, and a prison medical director.

9. Florida
> Highest paid employee:
Jimbo Fisher
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $5 million

The head coach of the Florida State University Seminoles football team Jimbo Fisher is the highest-paid state employee in Florida. One of the highest-paid public Florida employees outside of university athletics departments is Dr. William Friedman, a University of Florida neurosurgeon who makes $961,281 annually.

10. Georgia
> Highest paid employee:
Mark Richt
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $4 million

Mark Richt, head coach of the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team, is the highest-paid public employee in the state. He is tied with the University of Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel as the longest-tenured head coach in the Southeastern Conference — which brings in $270 million in revenue annually — the fourth most valuable college sports conference.

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