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Coaches, Academics Top List of State Salaries

(My ABC 5/WOI-TV) – DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Athletic coaches and academics are among the top earners on the state payroll in Iowa.

Data released by the state Friday shows the football and men’s basketball coaches at two state universities received some of the highest overall compensation in the state during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz took home roughly $3.8 million during that period and Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads received about $2 million.

The athletic programs at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University are self-sustaining and do not receive state dollars.

University of Iowa President Sally Mason received about $973,000. That’s about twice her earnings in the previous year because she received a substantial one-time deferred compensation payment.

Gov. Terry Branstad earned $130,000.