Who’s the highest paid public employee in every state? Yes, it’s the coach in most cases, as a new graphic produced by Deadspin.com shows. Connecticut is the only state where the highest paid employee coaches a women’s team — UConn’s Geno Auriemma, of course. He took the top spot after Jim Calhoun retired last year.
Football is the biggest winner, but there are a few surprises. One state has a coach in a sport that’s neither football nor basketball. And one state has a top earner who’s a plastic surgeon at the medical school.
The author, Reuben Fischer-Baum, makes the case that the coaches often aren’t worth the money. That might not be a popular opinion in Connecticut, where Auriemma just won his eighth national championship.
In March, Auriemma signed a 5-year contract that pays him a total of $10.8 million plus bonuses. Calhoun worked for two years under a 5-year, $13 million contract before retiring in 2012, when he made $2.3 million.
Kevin Ollie, the current UConn men’s coach, signed a deal that pays him $7 million over five years, plus bonuses.
Thanks to Bill Hosley for posting the graphic on Facebook.