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These are Mizzou's highest-paid employees

It pays to be in sports and medicine at Mizzou.
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Columbia, Missouri, USA at The University of Missouri.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri — Columbia paid its 17,001 employees $954.6 million in 2018, according to payroll data obtained by the St. Louis Business Journal sister publication the Kansas City Business Journal. The Kansas City Journal got the information from the University of Missouri System's Office of Human Resources.

Along with hourly or annual rates, MU also released employee wages subject to Medicare taxes. (This data comes from box 5 of W-2 statements and includes gross pay and most taxable benefits.)

In 2018, 1,745 employees earned more than six figures — that's 36% of MU's payroll.

Unsurprisingly, Mizzou head basketball coach Cuonzo Martin and head football coach Barry Odom received the highest salaries with $2.88 million and $2.8 million, respectively.

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Just two of the University of Missouri's top 25 earners were women: women's head basketball coach Robin Pingeton earned $886,845 and Dr. Talissa Altes, a professor and chair of radiology, earned $684,917.

Mizzou Athletics represented the largest department in Columbia with 497 employees who collectively earned $30.2 million.

Check out the full ranking on the St. Louis Business Journal's website here, along with interactive graphics and a searchable database.

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