Special Report

Highest Paid Public Employee in Every State

16. Kansas
> Highest paid employee:
Bill Self
> Position: College basketball coach
> Salary: $4.75 million

University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has an impressive record. In six of the last 14 seasons, Self’s team placed in the top six. With an annual salary of nearly $5 million, Self is the highest paid state employee. In contrast, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback earned less than $100,000 in 2014.

17. Kentucky
> Highest paid employee:
John Calipari
> Position: College basketball coach
> Salary: $6.01 million

With a salary in excess of $6 million a year, John Calipari is not only the highest-paid public employee in Kentucky, but also one of the highest paid basketball coaches in the NCAA. Coaching for Kentucky since 2009, Calipari lead the Wildcats to a title win in 2012 and an undefeated regular season in 2015.

18. Louisiana
> Highest paid employee:
Les Miles
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $4.30 million

Les Miles, head coach of the Louisiana State University Tigers football team, is the highest-paid state employee. Miles’s salary is nearly $3.7 million more than the next highest-paid state employee. Other well compensated employees include university presidents, university system administrators, and assistant head football coaches.

19. Maine
> Highest paid employee:
Susan Hunter
> Position: College president
> Salary: $250,000

While college coaches are often the highest-paid employee in each state, the Northeast tends not to follow this trend, and Maine is no exception. Susan Hunter, the first female president of the University of Maine, earns $250,000 annually. She assumed former president Paul Ferguson’s title — as well as his salary — in 2014.

20. Maryland
> Highest paid employee:
Mark Turgeon
> Position: College basketball coach
> Salary: $2,248,000

Mark Turgeon, head coach of the Maryland Terrapins basketball team, is the highest-paid state employee, beating out Terps’ football coach Randy Edsall. The 2015-2016 season will mark Turgeon’s fourth as the team’s head coach. Last season, Maryland had a perfect 9-0 record in the Big Ten Conference.

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