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BGSU Firelands salaries behind the curve

Andy Ouriel • Sep 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

BGSU Firelands educators face a frustrating formula -- one not even the university's top mathematicians can decipher.

Even with comparable degrees and qualifications, many Firelands professors and employees earn considerably less than their counterparts at BGSU's main campus, according to a Register analysis of the university's recent payroll data.

The Register reviewed gross pay earned by the university's nearly 3,200 employees last year. Collectively, the group earned $138 million.

Athletic coaches at the main campus are among BGSU's highest-paid employees.

Head football coach Dave Clawson is BGSU's highest-paid worker -- he raked in about $352,000 last year.

To ensure an apples-to-apples comparison, the Register reviewed the salaries of employees in the same departments or offices at either location -- the main campus in Bowling Green, or the Firelands campus in Huron Township.

The finding: The average salary of an employee at the main campus outpaces the Firelands employee in every case except for one.

The typical history educator at Firelands, for instance, earns about $24,400 a year, or roughly half the $45,900 that a history educator at the main campus earns.

At $157,000, BGSU Firelands Dean Bill Balzer earned more than anyone else at his campus last year.

Still, at the main campus in Bowling Green, 31 officials received more money than Balzer.

Read more about the salary gap, including the status of union negotiations, pick up Sunday's Register.

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