Special Report

Highest Paid Public Employee in Every State

11. Hawaii
> Highest paid employee:
Norm Chow
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $550,000

Making $550,000 annually, head coach of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team, Norm Chow, is the highest-paid state employee. His salary is at least $250,000 higher than that of any other public employee in the state.

12. Idaho
> Highest paid employee:
Bryan Harsin
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $800,000

With an annual salary of $800,000, Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin is the highest-paid public employee in Idaho. The second-highest-paid state employee makes slightly less than $600,000 a year and is also a coach at Boise State. More than one-third of Idaho state employees earn less than $40,000 a year.

13. Illinois
> Highest paid employee:
John Groce
> Position: College basketball coach
> Salary: $1.7 million

Following the firing of University of Illinois’s head football coach Tim Beckman in August, basketball head coach of the Fighting Illini John Groce became the highest-paid public employee in the state. After Groce, the next highest-paid employee is Dr. Dimitri Azar, dean at the University of Illinois’s College of Medicine who makes $750,000 a year. In Illinois, one in every 10 state employees earns more than $100,000 every year.

14. Indiana
> Highest paid employee:
Tom Crean
> Position: College basketball coach
> Salary: $3.05 million

Tom Crean, coach of the Indiana University basketball team, the Hoosiers, is one of the highest-paid head coaches in college basketball. He is also the highest-paid public employee in the state. Outside of collegiate sports, the state’s next highest-paid employees are either doctors or executives at Citizens Energy Group, the state’s public utilities trust.


15. Iowa
> Highest paid employee:
Kirk Ferentz
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $4.08 million

Kirk Ferentz, head coach of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes since 1998, is Iowa’s highest-paid public employee. He is the longest-tenured football coach in the Big Ten Conference — which grosses $310 million in revenue annually — making him the most senior coach in the most valuable college sports conference.

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