Top-paid state workers

  • Reported by Jerry Cornfield Herald Writer
  • Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:01am
  • Local News

Not all state workers make more than a million bucks — only the University of Washington’s head football and head basketball coaches do. Setting aside those employed in colleges, the median annual salary of the state’s full-time workers in June 2010 was a tick above $50,000.

You can find out

what each individual employee pocketed last year by sorting and searching the state’s own database at (Editor’s note: The state database apparently does not support all browsers.)

Meanwhile, here are some

top-line numbers and, below, an interactive chart to give you an idea how salaries are distributed across agencies.

$6,802,348,871: total state employee payroll in 2010.
169,624: full- and part-time state payroll accounts in 2010.
5,948: state employees who earned more than $100,000 in 2010.

Big caveat

While higher education accounts for a big slice of the state payroll, including most of the highest-paid workers, it’s important to remember that universities and community colleges have sources of revenue other than taxpayer dollars, including tuition paid by students, grants for research and revenue from sports.

Top 50 state-employed earners in 2010

Rank Agency name Name Job title 2010 gross earnings
1 University of Washington SARKISIAN, STEPHEN A COACH-FOOTBALL $1,982,918.28
2 University of Washington ROMAR, LORENZO COACH-BASKETBALL $1,147,050.22
3 Washington State University BONE, KEN HEAD BASKETBALL COACH $746,415.70
4 University of Washington HOLT V, NICHOLAS ASSISTANT COACH-FOOTBALL $652,228.78
5 Washington State University FLOYD, ELSON PRESIDENT $625,000.08
6 Washington State University WULFF, PAUL L HEAD FOOTBALL COACH $551,669.81
7 University of Washington WOODWARD, DAVID SCOTT ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT $550,008.00
8 University of Washington SEKHAR, LALIGAM N PROFESSOR WITHOUT TENURE $547,980.00
9 University of Washington REYES, JORGE DIONISIO PROFESSOR WITHOUT TENURE $521,303.88
10 University of Washington MILLER, DONALD W PROFESSOR WITHOUT TENURE $516,552.00
11 University of Washington SPISSO, JOHNESE M. VICE PRESIDENT $515,196.00
12 University of Washington EMMERT, MARK A PRESIDENT $492,177.90
13 University of Washington FERGUSON, KEITH R PROFESSIONAL STAFF – CONTRACT P3 $473,000.00
14 University of Washington REISTAD, GARTH K PROFESSIONAL STAFF – CONTRACT P3 $441,750.00
15 University of Washington MURRAY, CHRISTOPHER J PROFESSOR $441,192.18
16 University of Washington JIAMBALVO, JAMES DEAN $436,248.00
17 University of Washington PELLEGRINI, CARLOS A. CHAIR $429,912.01
18 University of Washington MAIER, RONALD V PROFESSOR $421,392.00
19 Washington State University BAYLY, WARWICK M PROVOST & EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT $382,056.99
20 University of Washington VERRIER, EDWARD D. PROFESSOR WITHOUT TENURE $381,120.00
21 University of Washington NELIGAN, PETER CAMILLUS PROFESSOR WITHOUT TENURE $378,636.00
22 University of Washington JURKOVICH, GREGORY J. PROFESSOR WITHOUT TENURE $376,680.02
23 University of Washington FERGUSON, BRUCE ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT/PROVOST $373,632.00
24 University of Washington MORTON, THOMAS H PROFESSOR $372,330.86
25 University of Washington MAHAN, RUTH M. DIRECTOR $370,272.00
26 University of Washington HOLMES, KING K. PROFESSOR $369,756.02
27 University of Washington ODA, DOLPHINE PROFESSOR $366,618.86
28 University of Washington ZIENIEWICZ, STEPHEN P DIRECTOR $359,436.00
29 University of Washington KRAVAS, CONSTANCE VICE PRESIDENT $353,064.00
30 University of Washington TESTY, KELLYE DEAN $352,008.00
31 University of Washington WHALEN, EILEEN DIRECTOR $352,008.00
32 University of Washington SALMON, MARLA E DEAN $337,008.00
33 University of Washington O’DONNELL, MATTHEW DEAN $336,768.00
34 University of Washington BURGSTAHLER, DAVID C PROFESSOR $336,733.53
35 University of Washington MULLIGAN, MICHAEL S PROFESSOR WITHOUT TENURE $335,940.20
36 University of Washington VEDDER, NICHOLAS PROFESSOR WITHOUT TENURE $335,003.78
37 University of Washington SOMERMAN, MARTHA J DEAN $330,948.00
38 Washington State University BOSE, ANJAN REGENTS’ PROFESSOR $329,907.60
39 University of Washington HUNTSMAN, LEE L PROFESSOR $329,171.92
40 University of Washington KLEIN, MATTHEW B. ASSOC PROFESSOR WITHOUT TENURE $323,903.88
41 The Evergreen State College PURCE, THOMAS LESLIE PRESIDENT $318,532.50
42 University of Washington HARFORD, JARRAD PROFESSOR $318,033.08
43 University of Washington AVOLIO, BRUCE PROFESSOR $316,444.48
44 University of Washington WISE, PHYLLIS M PROVOST $316,422.00
45 University of Washington ROBINSON, LAWRENCE R. ASSOCIATE DEAN $316,284.00
46 University of Washington BRANSFORD, JOHN D PROFESSOR $315,984.00
47 University of Washington KUHL, PATRICIA K PROFESSOR $315,966.71
49 University of Washington CAUCE, ANA MARI DEAN $315,000.00
50 University of Washington WARREN, V’ELLA A. SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT $313,500.00

The chart below shows the relative sizes of agency payrolls. Mouse over each bubble for details.

SOURCE: Data From Washington Office Of Financial Management

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