CU coach highest paid public employee in Colorado

9NEWS at 11 a.m. 09/22/16

24/7 WALL STREET - University of Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre earned $2.01 million last season, roughly $600,000 more than the next highest paid state employee. MacIntyre has coached the Buffaloes since 2013 and is currently under contract to stay with the team through the 2018 season.

In the vast majority of states, college football and basketball coaches are the highest paid public employees. When a millionaire coach is not the state’s top earner, high ranking medical officials or deans at state University-run hospitals and college presidents are usually next in line. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed public records and external sources to identify the highest paid public employee in each state.

College coaching salaries have been on the rise in recent years. According to USA TODAY Sports, which compiled coaches’ salaries used in this ranking, the average compensation package for coaches at major universities and colleges is $1.81 million. This is up by more than 90% since 2006, the first year USA TODAY Sports published its database.

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