Jan 10, 2024 - News

Massachusetts' top-paid state employee is... a men's basketball coach

UMass Minutemen head coach Frank Martin responding to plays at a UMass game at the Diamond Head Classic last month in Honolulu, Hawaii.

UMass Minutemen head coach Frank Martin at the Diamond Head Classic last month in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo: Darryl Oumi/Getty Images

A men's basketball coach is the top earner on the state's 2023 payroll, out-earning dozens of UMass leaders.

Driving the news: Frank Martin, the UMass Amherst head basketball coach, made $1.66 million in 2023, his first full year in the role, the Globe reported.

Why it matters: Taxpayers are footing the bill for Martin's salary, as well as the six- and seven-figure salaries that UMass leaders and other state officials take home.

Here's who else stood out on the list:

  • No. 2: Michael Collins, UMass chancellor and senior vice president of health sciences, $1.4 million
  • No. 6: Donald Brown, UMass Amherst head football coach, $831,064
  • No. 7: Martin Meehan, UMass president, $802,447
  • No. 14: Gregory Carvel, UMass Amherst ice hockey coach, $562,774
  • No. 23: Anand Shah, chief medical examiner, $504,784
  • No. 24: Thomas McCarthy, Massachusetts State Police detectives captain, $501,764
  • No. 31: Normand Bazin, UMass Lowell head ice hockey coach, $447,500
  • No. 34: William Cederquist, Massachusetts State Police detective lieutenant, $439,059
  • No. 65: Joseph Sacco, MBTA sergeant, $387,816 (by comparison, GM Phillip Eng makes $312,730)

The Globe has the full list.

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