Feel like you're working harder and harder, but falling farther behind?
Gov. Otter shares your pain. Despite a 4 percent pay raise, the gap between Otter's salary and that of the highest paid state employee just keeps growing.
The governor's fiscal 2012 salary is $115,348, up from $110,734 last year, according to the annual “Rainbow Report” issued by the state controller's office.
Boise State University head football coach Chris Peterson was once again the highest-paid state employee, with a $1.17 million annual salary – up 28 percent or $255,000 from the year before.
(The report, which was released Friday, didn't include the $375,000 raise the State Board of Education approved for Peterson last week. Nor did it mention that Peterson's salary is paid from revenue generated by the Bronco football program, not state tax dollars.)
Ten years ago, the governor was at least within shouting distance of the highest-paid state employee: According to the Rainbow Report, his fiscal 2003 salary was $98,500, compared to the top pay of $176,592.
As of Jan. 6, 261 state employees were paid more than the governor, according to the report. That's down from 298 last year and 307 in fiscal 2009.
Boise State President Bob Kustra and University of Idaho President Duane Nellis were the highest-paid non-athletic employees. Both earned about $335,000.
State representatives and senators earn $16,116 per year.
The gross state payroll in fiscal 2012 is an estimated $973 million, down from $1.02 billion in fiscal '09. When benefits and retirement are included, total compensation tops $1.32 billion, compared to $1.37 billion last year and $1.4 billion in 2009.