Kirby Smart is second-highest paid state employee in the nation | Full list

 It may not come as a surprise to most, but back-to-back national champion UGA head coach,

 Kirby Smart is Georgia's highest-paid state employee, according to data from Online Betting Guide.

In fact, Smart's 2022 annual earnings of $11.25 million actually rank him ,

as the second-highest-paid state employee not just in the Peach State, but in the entire country.

Here's a list of the top 10 highest-paid state employees in the US

1. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban (Alabama): $11.7 million

2. UGA head football coach Kirby Smart (Georgia): $11.25 million

3. Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney (South Carolina): 10.5 million

4. Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self (Kansas): $10.18 million

T5. LSU football head coach Brian Kelly (Louisiana): $9.5 million

T5. Michigan State head football coach Mel Tucker (Michigan): $9.5 million

T5. Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day (Ohio): $9.5 million

T8. Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher (Texas): $9 million

T8. Nebraska head football coach Matt Rhule (Nebraska): $9 million

10. Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari (Kentucky): $8.6 million


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