Special Report

Highest Paid Public Employee in Every State

31. New Mexico
> Highest paid employee:
Bob Davie
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $772,690

Head coach of the University of New Mexico Lobos football team since 2012, Bob Davie makes more money than any other state employee. The difference between Davie’s salary and the next highest-paid employees in the state is not as large as it is in other states where college sports coaches are the highest-paid employees. UNM’s dean of health services had a salary of $650,000 in 2014.

32. New York
> Highest paid employee:
Shashikant Lele
> Position: Medical school dept. chair
> Salary: $551,000

Dr. Shashikant Lele is clinical chief of gynecologic oncology and clinical chair of the division of surgical subspecialties at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He has been recognized for his expertise in ovarian cancer, reconstructive surgery, and other complex operations. His annual salary of $550,902 is higher than that of any other public employee in New York.

33. North Carolina
> Highest paid employee:
Mark Gottfried
> Position: College basketball coach
> Salary: $2.06 million

With a salary in excess of $2 million annually, North Carolina State University basketball coach is the highest-paid public employee in the state. In stark contrast, Governor Pat McCrory unveiled a budget plan earlier this year that would raise starting teachers’ salaries to $35,000 a year. The governor himself earned slightly more than $142,000 in 2014.

34. North Dakota
> Highest paid employee:
Dr. Robert Sticca
> Position: University surgery chairman
> Salary: $758,000

In only 10 states the highest-paid employee is not a college football or basketball coach. In these 10 states, most of the highest-paid state employees are doctors or university presidents, Dr. Robert Sticca makes the most money in North Dakota.

35. Ohio
> Highest paid employee:
Urban Meyer
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $5,800,000

Urban Meyer earns nearly $6 million a year as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. According to the team’s website, Meyer has the 10th best win rate of any coach in college football history. In last year’s season, Meyer lead to Buckeyes to win the national championship over the Oregon Ducks.

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