Coaches Among Iowa's Best Paid State Employees

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz walks past the Insight Bowl trophy to shake hands with Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops during a press conference at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, in Scottsdale, Ariz., the day before the two teams face off in the Insight Bowl. (Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)

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By Jaime Sharer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — University employees, including head coaches, professors and vice presidents, are some of Iowa's best-paid state employees.

The Des Moines Register used a database of state employee salary data to determine which workers earned the most. It says 30 state employees earned more than $500,000 last year.

Those workers included seven head coaches, 17 professors and five University of Iowa vice presidents and a dean.

Five of the state's six highest-paid employees were coaches.

Topping the list is Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz, who earned $3.8 million. Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads earned $1.1 million, and former Iowa men's basketball coach Todd Lickliter, current Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery and Iowa State men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg all earned more than $800,000.

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