Why being a politician doesn’t pay, in 1 map

In the midst of college bowl season, we thought now might be a good time to remind people that politics doesn't pay. Or, at  least it doesn't pay nearly as well as coaching.

This amazing map -- which comes from a terrific Deadspin article in 2013 -- shows the highest paid state employee in every state. More than 80 percent (41 of the 50 states) are coaches -- either of the state university's football (27), basketball (13) or hockey (1) programs. The remaining 10 are either college presidents, medical school/law school deans or a plastic surgeon in the medical school (Nevada, natch). Zero of the 50 are governors or any other elected politician in the state.


Image courtesy of Deadspin

 

This map also remind us of the best/worst moment of longtime UConn basketball head coach Jim Calhoun's career -- when he was asked about being the highest paid employee in the state.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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