Special Report

Highest Paid Public Employee in Every State

36. Oklahoma
> Highest paid employee:
Bob Stoops
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $5.25 million

Oklahoma’s head coach Bob Stoops received a raise last summer after his team beat the Alabama Crimson Tide — coached by Nick Saban, the highest-paid state employee — in an upset victory in the Sugar Bowl. Stoops is set to earn $5.25 million this season, up from the $5 million in his previous contract.

37. Oregon
> Highest paid employee:
Mark Helfrich
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $3.15 million

Mark Helfrich coached the Oregon Ducks all the way to the national championship last season. Shortly after the season ended, the University of Oregon announced signing Helfrich to a new five-year, $17.5 million contract. With this new contract, Helfrich will earn $3.15 million in 2015, more than any other state employee.

38. Pennsylvania
> Highest paid employee:
James Franklin
> Position: College football coach
> Salary: $4.10 million

Though Franklin has only lead the Pennsylvania State football team since January 2014, his annual pay exceeds $4 million, making him Pennsylvania’s highest-paid state employee. Though his salary of $187,256 is dwarfed by Franklin, Governor Tom Wolf announced last year that he would contribute 100% of his taxpayer funded salary to charity.

39. Rhode Island
> Highest paid employee:
Dan Hurley
> Position: College basketball coach
> Salary: $627,500

University of Rhode Island head basketball coach Dan Hurley earns $627,500 annually, more than any Rhode Island state employee. At the moment, he is one of the four lowest paid coaches in his conference. However, this is slated to change in 2017, when he will be making $1 million per season as guaranteed by his new contract.

40. South Carolina
> Highest paid employee:
Steve Spurrier
> Position: College Football Coach
> Salary: $4.00 million

The University of South Carolina’s football program’s head coach, Steve Spurrier, is the Palmetto State’s highest-paid public employee, earning $4 million a year. The coach, who has won 72.5% of the games he has coached, is entering his 11th season as head coach at USC. In contrast to Spurrier’s salary, the highest-paid South Carolina employee who is not collegiate sports personnel is Martin Morad, a professor at USC’s School of Medicine.

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