Who is the highest paid Government official?

11 Alive did a search to find out who are the highest paid government employee in the state. Their results are the same as the Deadspin article from a little while ago. It is Mark Richt. Though, for what it’s worth, Steve Spurrier still makes more.

However, they went a bit further. They looked at the highest paid elected officials as well as looking at other State and County officials. It’s an interesting story, and even more interesting data. There are a few qualifications to the data, though it still makes for an interesting read.

Do we really need to ask why Georgia perpetually finishes near the bottom when it comes to education?


  1. Dave Bearse says:

    Old news. The highest paid government officials in over 40 states are college basketball or football coaches.

    • Charlie says:

      That’s not the focus on the story, which 11Alive also points out in their piece that the big coach’s salaries are paid by private funds and not taxpayers.

      The highest paid non-coach in Georgia is a GSU professor of marketing at a cool $1M. But he also brings in over $400K to GSU from one corporate consulting class alone. So again, it isn’t all really taxpayers money.

      The vast majority of the top 100 are in the university system. The package that they did in the 11pm slot (not the embed above) also compared Alvin Willbanks of Gwinnett Public Schools against the Super of NYC schools. He makes roughly twice the salary with 1/6th the students.

  2. saltycracker says:

    The high paid teacher’s pension fund administrators is a long running example. The could not retire 3 a few years ago as the check for unused vacation/sick days was higher than funds available.

    The excuse that they pay so high on this group was the expertise to manage so much money but what they really do is hire companies to manage the money…..another subject for investigation.

    What is more worrisome than the high salaries while working is the incredible amount of money paid post work. A $250,000 annual pension would require a reserve of $6.25 million (4%) on retirement not counting any COL raises & other benefits. More and more of the funds for education will have to go to after work costs.

    Run those numbers on every public worker making over $100k, apply real world anticipated return of conservative investments of 5 or 6% (public agencies use 7.5 to 8%, taxpayer guaranteed today – I’ll take some of that !), add in medical coverage, early retirement, double dipping and get braced.

    • lively64 says:

      Teachers contribute a mandatory 5% of their gross monthly pay toward pension costs. This fee covers 33% of the pension costs. The remaining 66+% of costs are covered by the local school board. Very few state tax dollars are used to pay teacher pensions. It is your local property owner who is footing the bill.

      At 33% Georgia teachers pay one of the highest percentages of costs for their pensions compared to teachers in other states especially those that are unionized. Also, at 10 years Georgia’s teacher pension plan has one of the longest vestment periods.

  3. MattMD says:

    Wow, still, Richt gets paid a lot of money to make Citrus Bowls. Can’t spell Citrus without U…, oh wait, I guess you can.

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