If the data are true, there are only nine states in the nation where the highest-paid public-sector employee is not a coach. No doubt, however, a highly paid coach at a public university operates under different incentives than, say, a third-grade school teacher, where universities are constantly reassessing their return on investment in the football coach.
Does Nevada surprise you? The new Silicon Valley?
Is your highest-paid state employee the teacher who spends every day of the school year with your children? Nah. It’s most often the football coach.
Football coaches at public universities make, on average, more than $1 million per year.
Only 11 states have non-jock employees earning the most coin. Top-paid employees include university presidents, deans and superintendents, with salaries ranging from $231,210 to $876,442. — farandwide.com