- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The number of state employees in Arkansas who earn at least $100,000 a year increased by 119 during the past year to 2,585.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1JZkcun ) that most of this fiscal year’s increase has occurred at the state’s higher-education institutions.

The number of $100,000-plus salaries at the state’s two- and four-year colleges increased from 2,116 in fiscal 2014 to 2,220 in fiscal 2015, while their peers in state agencies increased from 350 to 365 in the same period.

The top-paid state employee is Bret Bielema, head football coach at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He now makes $4 million a year, after getting a pay raise and a contract extension in February.

Mike Anderson, UA’s head basketball coach, is second on the earnings list at $2.28 million.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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