Special Report

Highest Paid Public Employee in Every State

26. Montana
> Highest paid employee:
Clay Christian
> Position: Commissioner of Higher Education
> Salary: $351,000

Clay Christian is not a football coach, but as the Commissioner of Higher Education, he is still employed by the university system. According to the Office of the Commissioner, Clay Christian and his staff are responsible for providing information and services to the Board of Regents as well as legislative and executive branches of the state government.

27. Nebraska
> Highest paid employee:
Mike Riley
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $2.70 million

As head coach of the University of Nebraska football team, the Cornhuskers, Mark Riley is the highest-paid public employee in the state. While Riley’s predecessor Bo Pelini earned $3.1 million a year — more than Riley — Riley’s current salary is by no means a pay cut for him. At his previous coaching job at Oregon State he earned $1.2 million less.

28. Nevada
> Highest paid employee:
Kayvan Khiabani
> Position: Associate professor
> Salary: $981,475

Plastic surgeon Kayvan Khiabani’s status as an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, makes him a state employee — and his salary of nearly $1 million is higher than anyone else’s on the state’s payroll. At $184,195 a year, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval makes less than a fifth of Khiabani’s salary.

29. New Hampshire
> Highest paid employee:
Mark Huddleston
> Position: College president
> Salary: $333,658

In most states, the highest-paid employee is a college sports coach. New Hampshire, however, is one of only four states where the highest-paid employee is a college president. University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston is the only UNH employee earning more than $300,000.

30. New Jersey
> Highest paid employee:
Kyle Flood
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $1.25 million

Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood earns about $1.25 million annually, more than any other public employee in the state. He was appointed head coach of the Scarlet Knights in January 2012. The university is currently investigating Flood for possible unpermitted contact with a faculty member regarding the status of one of his players. The ruling could result in a pay cut and suspension.

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