June 17, 2014 in City, Washington

College coaches state’s highest-paid employees

The Spokesman-Review
 

OLYMPIA – The official report of state employee salaries for 2013 is out, and as usual the highest-paid people on the list are coaches at Washington’s major universities.

Former University of Washington football head coach Steve Sarkisian topped the list for the fourth straight year, pulling down $2.6 million in 2013 before leaving in December to return to the University of Southern California.

Second on the list is Washington State University football head coach Mike Leach at $2.3 million, followed by UW head basketball coach Lorenzo Romar at $1.9 million, WSU head basketball coach Ken Bone at $870,143 and UW assistant football coach Justin Wilcox at $799,259.

Athletic salaries are paid from ticket sales and other income, not from the state’s general fund.  The state reports salaries for all state employees, regardless of the source of money.

David Woodward, UW associate vice president, was paid $692,323, and WSU President Elson Floyd came in at $662,560. UW President Michael Young was paid $571,380.

The two universities dominate the first 100 or so names with other administrators and professors who do research and get much of their total pay through grants and other stipends. The only non-university employee in the first 50 names is Gary Bruebaker, the chief investment officer for the State Investment Board, at $452,085.

According to the salary data released Monday, the state had about 6,750 employees last year who earn $100,000 or more. The highest-paid elected officials are the nine members of the state Supreme Court, who each receive $165,316 and are tied for 1,280th on the list. As for the state’s chief executive officer, Gov. Jay Inslee, he has 2,370 names ahead of him and his salary of $157,646. 

The salary data includes annual pay to more than 329,500 people who have worked full or part time for some state agency or public college or university since 2010.

A searchable database on The Spokesman-Review’s website lists the salary totals for agencies or colleges and allows readers to search for salaries for individual employees by name.


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