Might be hard to believe, but USC head coach Steve Spurrier was not – technically - the highest-paid state employee before he got a new contract last week.
He was tied for eighth.
Spurrier earned $3.3 million in total compensation last year -- $350,000 in public pay and nearly $3 million in proceeds from university athletics contracts.
The state’s salary database includes only pay from public money. (That also means foundation supplements used to enhance earnings of university administrators are not counted.)
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With a $700,000 base pay raise approved Thursday, Spurrier’s public salary is rising to a state-high $1 million a year. He'll earn $4 million overall.
Spurrier supplanted his boss, athletics director Ray Tanner, atop the state salary list.
Meanwhile, USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward’s state salary jumped into the top 10 when his base pay rose to $400,000 with a new contract Thursday.
Here are the 10 largest state salaries after the new USC contracts, according to state Budget and Control Board data:
1. Steve Spurrier, USC football coach: $1.05 million
2. Ray Tanner, USC athletics director: $525,000
3. Lisa Montgomery, MUSC finance vice president: $405,313
4. Jay Moskowitz, USC professor: $402,999
5. Frederick Wojcik, College of Charleston basketball coach: $400,000
5. Lorenzo Ward, USC defensive coordinator: $400,000
7. Martin Morad, USC professor: $384,911
8. James Bottum, Clemson University vice provost: $373,035
9. Prakash Nagarkatti, USC research vice president: $357,980
10. Dawn Staley, USC women’s basketball coach: $350,000
Notable state employees and their salary rankings:
23. Frank Martin, USC men’s basketball coach: $300,000
29. Harris Pastides, USC president: $286,200
65. Brad Brownell, Clemson men's basketball coach: $252,350
65. Dabo Swinney, Clemson football coach: $252,350
85. Jim Barker, Clemson president (former): $245,869
2151. Nikki Haley, governor: $106,078