Oh, I hate and love it when salaries are made public.

There's no way I am the only one to creep on this type of information. I mean, the state employee's salaries HAVE TO BE public since we - the people - pay them.

So naturally, this is interesting to me, and likely you, too.

Before I get to the highest-paid state employee, let me ask you this: would it shock you to find out that the University of New Hampshire's men's basketball coach is very (VERY) close in proximity to that highest-paid salary?

Well, he is #3 in fact.

So let's start there. The University of New Hampshire men's basketball coach, William Herrion R, made an annual salary of  $185,000 in 2018 (latest data I could find), according to public records and a GovSalaries article.

"This salary is 155 percent higher than average and 183 percent higher than the median salary in the University Of New Hampshire," according to the article.

What is shocking is how close in proximity that is to New Hampshire's other highest-paid state employees.

But it's not THAT crazy when you compare it to other athletic programs.

"The majority of states, 43 in fact, have gone all in college athletics making one of their head coaches the highest paid state official," according to an OLBG article.

Let's run that back...the HIGHEST PAID STATE OFFICIALS are college coaches.

Here are some examples:

Alabama

Alabama

Nick Saban

Football Coach

$11,700,00

Georgia

Georgia

Kirby Smart

Football Coach

$11,250,000

South Carolina

Clemson

Dabo Swinney

Football Coach

$10,500,00

Kansas

Kansas

Bill Self

Basketball Coach

$10,180,000

Louisiana

LSU

Brian Kelly

Football Coach

$9,500,000

Michigan

Michigan St

Mel Tucker

Football Coach

$9,500,000

Ohio

Ohio St

Ryan Day

Football Coach

$9,500,000

Texas

Texas A&M

Jumbo Fisher

Football Coach

$9,000,000

Nebraska

Nebraska

Matt Rhule

Football Coach

$9,000,000

Kentucky

Kentucky

John Capliari

Basketball Coach

$8,600,000

So in New Hampshire, coach William Herrion R is #3. Yup, this is true.

The only two state-paid officials above him are Jeannie Duval, the Chief Medical Examiner, who makes $255,114, and the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, Mitchell Winberg, who makes $240,106.84, according to Open Payrolls.

I found all of this to be very interesting. Our basketball coach is the third most paid, aka most important state-paid official?

How do we feel about that? Do we care about this, or is it aligned with the 43 states where the highest-paid official is a collegiate coach?

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