Ohio State University Salaries Exposed: More Than 5,000 Employees Made Six-Figures or Higher While More Than a Dozen Top $1 Million

A mind-boggling 5,168 employees of  Ohio State University made a six-figure salary or higher in 2018, while 18 of those employees earned more than $1 million last year.

The university employs 47,686 individuals, of which roughly 11 percent – a little more than one in 10 – earned a six-figure salary or higher.

The salaries of the state’s flagship university were released Wednesday by Dayton Daily News as part of its “Payroll Project.” The outlet notes that former football coach Urban Meyer was the highest paid employee in 2018 at a salary of more than $5.1 million.

Vice President of Health Services Mark Larmore earned $1.5 million in 2018, making him the highest-paid non-athletics employee, while University President Michael Drake made more than $1.1 million. Closely behind Larmore was Vice President of Shared Services David McQuaid, who made $1.4 million last year.

Some professors came close to earning more than $1 million in 2018, such as William Farrar and Raphael Pollock, both of whom teach in the Department of Surgery. They earned $905,478 and $927,706 respectively. Rene Stulz, a professor of finance, walked away with $655,877 in 2018.

One “special assistant to the president” in the Department of Health Sciences Administration made $504,167, while an associate professor of plastic surgery raked in $492,928.

James Moore, vice provost of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, made $284,419 in 2018. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has two assistant vice provosts, Robert Solomon and Yolanda Zepeda, who earned $169,677 and $110,816 respectively last year.

In total, 5,168 employees walked away with at least six-figures, while 20,466 employees made $50,000 or more. Compare that to the median household income in Ohio of $54,021.

Ohio State University has its own salary database, which shows that only 129 employees make the Ohio median household income of $54,021. There are 537 people who make less than $17,000 annually, which is about $8.55 an hour for full-time work.

The university’s full salary database can be viewed here.

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News, The Ohio Star, and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photos “Mark Larmore” and “Michael Drake” by Ohio State University. Background Photo “Ohio State University” by Robert Chriss. CC BY-SA 3.0.









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