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Washington’s top-paid state employee is a familiar name

University of Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian was the top paid Washington state employee in 2010, with $1.98 million in gross pay. He’s followed on the new list from the Office of Financial Management by UW basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, who was paid $1.14 million last year.

Next up are Washington State University basketball coach Ken Bone, UW assistant football coach Nick Holt, WSU President Elson Floyd, and UW athletic director Scott Woodward. Members of the UW Medical School faculty are next on the list.

The Office of Financial Management’s report notes that UW and WSU athletic department staffers are not paid by taxpayer dollars. And university researchers, who are also at the top of the list, are paid through research grants, not taxes or tuition.

To look up individual employees’ gross pay, check out our state employee pay search function.

Read on for lists of the highest paid university and general government employees.

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Who’s the highest-paid Pierce County government employee?

Who is Pierce County government’s highest paid employee?

The answer: Dr. Miguel Balderrama, medical director at the Pierce County Jail. He grossed $186,455 in 2009, according to pay data obtained by The News Tribune and posted on our SoundInfo web page.

Balderrama was one of 371 Pierce County employees who earned six-figure salaries last year, a News Tribune analysis found. That’s a 70 percent increase from 2008, when 218 county employees earned at least $100,000. In 2007 187 employees earned six-figure pay.

Why the big increase? Overtime at the short-staffed county jail is a factor. So are inflation-driven cost-of-living raises for all employees – including a 5.2 percent raise last year. Throw in an extra paycheck last year because of a quirk in the calendar, and you’ve got a big jump in the number of employees earning at least $100,000.

Look for a full report in Sunday’s News Tribune. In the meantime, you can view the 2009 pay for some 3,700 county employees here. Below is a list of the top earners in the county last year.

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