In most private or public workplaces, the boss is usually the highest paid employee. There are a few notable exceptions, such as sometimes superiors choose stock options or a percentage of profits. In Idaho, it is not the governor who is the highest paid employee, but someone who has worked for just over a year.
Idaho Press recently shared a report that breaks down the salaries of the state’s most expensive employees. Thanks to the legwork of Betsy Russell and Idaho State Comptroller Brandon Wolf, you can see everyone’s salary here. A glance at the report shows academics are a very lucrative career in Idaho. Brad Little’s salary is close to $ 140,000, which we all agree is a great annual salary. However, according to Wolf and Russell, more than four hundred state employees make more money than the governor.
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Employees at Boise State University dominate the top ten, with four of Idaho’s five highest-paid employees. Do you think taxpayers are getting the right return on their investment from:
Andy Avalos, Bronco football coach, $ 1.4 million
Leon Rice, Men’s basketball coach, $ 784,197
Marlene Tromp, President of the State of Boise, $ 425,06
C Scott Green, President of the University of Idaho, $ 419,994
Jeramiah Dickey, Boise State Athletic Director $ 410,010
Limited experience required for big budget jobs in Idaho
Have you noticed that all of the employees listed above have been on the job for less than three years? In addition, these are all first year hires. None of the highest paid government employees had any experience in their field; in other words, this is the first time they have held their current position. Tromp and Green are first-time presidents and first-time head coaches Rice and Avalos. Boise State is Dickey’s first job as athletic director. It must be nice to be new to something and make that money.
The Transparent Idaho site provides everything you would like to know about public institutions that pay the best salaries. Here’s a quick breakdown of the workplaces of the state’s highest paid employees:
Boise State University 109 (26.78%)
University of Idaho 82 (20.39%)
Idaho State University 64 (15.72%)
Judiciary 60 (14.74%)
A few other state agencies are listed on the site if you want to go further. A reminder that these numbers of people make over $ 138,302, which is Governor Little’s salary.
What do you think?
We set up a survey to see which employee should be the highest paid in Idaho. You will decide who earned your hard earned taxes. Vote early and often.
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