CNS: A college football or basketball coach was the highest-paid public employee in 39 of the 50 states in 2016. Only four of these coaches earned less than a million dollars last year.
In fact, the average annual compensation package for coaches at major universities is estimated to be $1.18 million.
When the top-paid public employee in a state is not the coach of a college sports team, he or she usually works in the medical field at a university-run hospital or is the head of a university or college.
Here are the top ten coaches who are the highest-paid public employees in their respective states, as reported by ESPN.com:
- Jim Harbaugh, University of Michigan football coach: $9 million,
- John Calipari, University of Kentucky basketball coach: $ 7.1 million,
- Nick Saban, University of Alabama football coach: $6.0 million, MORE