UW football coach Sarkisian topped all state employees for pay at $2.6M last year

By Olympian staff and The Associated PressJune 16, 2014 


Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian gets excited during Saturday's Pac-12 football game against Oregon at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Oct. 12, 2013.

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The latest list of salaries in state government shows that, as is typical, college athletic officials, investment fund chiefs and medical school researchers lead the league in top pay.

Former UW coach Steve Sarkisian earned over $2.6 million in 2013 before quitting late in the year to coach at Southern California. WSU coach Mike Leach earned over $2.3 million. Their salaries are paid by athletic department revenues.

The only other state employee listed with a salary over $1 million was UW basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar, who earned nearly $1.9 million in 2013. His counterpart at WSU, Ken Bone, who lost his job in 2014, earned $870,143 in 2013.

UW assistant football coach Justin Wilcox received $799,259, and UW athletic director Scott Woodward $692,560.

The top non-sports salary in state government went to Elson Floyd, president of WSU, who ranked No. 7 with $662,560. UW president Michael Young weighed in at No. 11, earning $571,380.

Others in the top 10 include Keith Ferguson, chief investment officer for UW, who earned $623,700, up from $504,900 in 2012. The UW says his salary is paid out of investment earnings.

No. 9 was Dr. Christopher Murray, a physician and professor in the UW's School of Public Health, who earned $608,008. University spokeswoman Margaret Shepherd describes Murray as "a world-renowned health economist and researcher" who leads the Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation and "was recruited to the UW in partnership with the Gates Foundation." She said his salary is paid from private grants.

No. 10 was William Moos, athletic director at WSU, earning $581,092.

Gov. Jay Inslee's budget office released the data Monday, posting it on the state's budget website, fiscal.wa.gov.

The data show 602 employees earned $200,000 or more -- well above the $166,891 earned by Inslee.

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