UW WSU coaches states top earners

first_imgFor a searchable database of all state employee salaries, click here.Washington’s five highest-paid state employees in 2011 took in a combined $6 million. And they did so while wearing sneakers.According to information released by the state’s Office of Financial Management, the football and basketball coaches for the state’s two biggest universities made more money than any other state employee in 2011.Many of the top earners on the state’s payroll, all of them administrators, professors or coaches in universities, saw their pay go up or at least remain flat last year. Most of the lower-paid state employees saw their salaries reduced by 3 percent during budget cuts last year.The OFM this week released the earnings of all state employees for 2010 and 2011, which include base salaries, overtime, bonuses and other additional compensation. The figures are not comparable to years before 2010 because the state published only base salaries prior to that year.The coaches’ salaries and other compensation are not paid out of the general fund or from students’ fees and tuition, according to the OFM. The coaches — and all other college athletic department employees — are paid exclusively with money generated from ticket sales, television rights and donations.The coaches are followed on the list by Elson Floyd, president of Washington State University, who made $625,000 last year, same as the year before. That’s about $200,000 less than what his university’s football coach took in last year.last_img read more