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1,126 paid more than the Governor

HARTFORD – The Yankee Institute announced that it has posted 2010 payroll data for all state employees at CTSunlight.org. The data shows that 1,126 state employees earned more than the governor’s salary of $150,000 last year.

“This data is especially relevant now, when Gov. Malloy is seeking $1 billion in concessions from state employees and when many states are reassessing state employee head count, wages, and benefits,” said Fergus Cullen, executive director of the Yankee Institute, which compiled the data following a Freedom of Information Act request of the state Comptroller’s Office.

A total of 153 state employees were paid more than $250,000. Twelve were paid more than $500,000, all of them associated with UConn or the UConn Health Center. Four of these are associated with UConn athletics. In addition, UConn paid a combined $777,526 to former UConn President Michael Hogan ($403,225) and Interim President, Phil Austin ($374,301). The top 13 positions paid more than $500,000:

Calhoun, James A Mens Basketball coach UConn $2,361,939.83
Auriemma, Geno Womens Basketball coach UConn $1,643,481.00
Edsall, Randy D Football coach UConn $1,537,857.83
Laurencin, Cato T. Dean, Uconn Med School UConn HC $918,490.28
Nulsen, John C. Lead physician, Cntr for Advncd Repro Srvcs UConn HC $881,472.44
Whalen, James D. Assoc Prof, Dermatology & Surgery UConn HC $839,562.28
Onyiuke, Hilary Chief, Division of Neurosurgery UConn HC $791,514.02
Makkar, Hanspaul Assistant Prof, Dermatology UConn HC $790,710.01
Austin, Phil &Hogan, Michael President (interim & former – combined) UConn $777,526.46
Aronow, Michael S. Associate Prof, Orthopedic Surgery UConn HC $559,433.46
Hathaway, Jeffrey Athletic Director UConn $555,481.86
Fellows, Douglas W. Prof & Chair, Diagnostic Imaging & Therapeutics UConn HC $527,773.99
Lieberman, Jay R. Chairman, Orthopedic Surgery UConn HC $503,982.89


The excerpted list of 1,126 state employees who were paid more than the Governor’s salary of $150,000 is available here (.xls format). Salaries for all state employees are available at CTsunlight.org, which is searchable by name.

“Setting aside the small number of medical professionals at the top of the list, we question whether the state can justify having more than 1,000 employees who are paid more than the governor’s salary of $150,000. The sheer number of such highly paid employees suggests there is room for cuts,” Cullen said.

According to the most recent data available from the Census Bureau, the median household income in Connecticut in 2009 was $64,851.

Yankee Staff

Yankee Institute is a 501(c)(3) research and citizen education organization that does not accept government funding. Yankee Institute develops and advances free-market, limited-government solutions in Connecticut. As one of America’s oldest state-based think tanks, Yankee is a leading advocate for smart, limited government; fairness for taxpayers; and an open road to opportunity.

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