A record 83 employees in Iowa’s state government are now paid $500,000 or more a year — roughly 12 times as many as a decade ago.
And Iowa’s governor fell farther down the list of highest paid state employees, with 2,666 workers making more than Gov. Kim Reynolds’ annual salary of $130,000.
Ten years ago, seven state employees made $500,000 or more and 1,282 were paid more than the governor.
The highest salaries in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017, were once again university coaches, athletic directors and medical doctors or executives at the University of Iowa.
University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz again topped the list, earning $5.075 million. That was an 83 percent increase compared with 10 years ago, when he held the same job and also topped the state’s payroll.
Overall, the median salary for state workers increased 37 percent over the past decade from $38,234 to $52,378, according to the state’s latest salary database for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017.