The Associated Press November 2, 2011, 1:53PM ET

Iowa's Ferentz remains state's top earner at $3.8M

University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz remained No. 1 on the state's salary list is fiscal 2011, while three other coaches, including one who was fired, rounded out the top five, according to a state salary database.

Ferentz earned $3.86 million last year, which is triple the salary of the university's vice president for medical affairs, Jean Robillard, who came in second with a combined total compensation of $1.28 million.

The database, released Tuesday, was compiled by Iowa's Department of Administrative Services and includes more than 60,000 state employees, The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reported (http://bit.ly/uZRw6x).

Iowa State University football coach Paul Rhodes is third on the list, at $1.1 million.

Former Iowa basketball coach Todd Lickliter is fourth in state pay, at $883,333. He was fired in March 2010. The university bought out his contract for $2.4 million, to be paid in three installments. The first was made 30 days after he was fired. A second payment was in made on June 30. The final payment will be in June 2012, which will again make him one of the state's top earners.

Fifth on the list is Iowa's current basketball coach, Fran McCaffery, at $873,600.

Coaches and doctors are always at the top of the list. Many of the largest salaries include private money.

Robillard, who took over the helm of the university's medical campus in 2007, made nearly three times the $486,000 salary of his boss, UI President Sally Mason, last year.

The first-non university employee in the database, at 115th, is Melissa Bruhl, health services administrator for the Iowa Veterans Home Administration.

Gov. Terry Branstad was paid $52,499 in fiscal 2011, during which he was only in office for six months. His annual salary is $130,000.


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