Pitt's top earners are the university's basketball, football coaches


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Figures released Thursday show that at the city's biggest university, it pays to be in sports -- especially coaching men's basketball.

University of Pittsburgh head basketball coach James P. Dixon II once again was Pitt's biggest earner, pulling down $2,141,522 in total compensation, according to a federal tax form 990 filed by the university for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

In fact, four of the top five earners at Pitt were in the athletics department, three of them current or former coaches, according to a report on compensation from the Pitt-published University Times, which was posted to the school's website. The pattern resembles that at many schools with big time sports programs.

Though the 990 deals primarily with the fiscal year, the portion on employee pay reflects total earnings in calendar year 2012.

Mr. Dixon's total compensation included $1,293,040 in base pay, $670,388 in bonus and incentive compensation; $33,538 in other reportable compensation; $130,001 in retirement and other deferred compensation, and $14,555 in nontaxable benefits, according to the University Times.

Second-highest was Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst, with total compensation of $1,578,757. That included $1,020,881 in base salary; $500,000 in bonus and incentive compensation; $22,549 in other reportable compensation; $23,252 in retirement and other deferred compensation, and $12,075 in nontaxable benefits, according to the University Times.

The third-highest paid was Nancy E. Davidson, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, who earned a total of $682,314. That included $650,259 in base pay, $600 in other reportable compensation; $26,250 in retirement and other deferred compensation, and $5,205 in nontaxable benefits, according to the Times.

Fourth-highest paid was athletic director Steven C. Pederson. He earned $633,536 in total compensation, including $529,798 in base pay; $41,667 in bonus and incentive compensation; $11,648 in other reportable compensation; $36,251 in retirement and other deferred compensation, and $14,172 in nontaxable benefits, according to the Times.

Fifth-highest was former women's basketball coach Agnus Berenato. She made $512,792 in total compensation, including $449,398 in base pay; $18,516 in other reportable compensation; $30,003 in retirement and other deferred compensation and $14,875 in nontaxable benefits, the Times reported.

Among university officers, Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg was the biggest earner. He made $730,183 in total compensation, including $565,652 in base pay; $27,184 in other reportable compensation; $68,490 in retirement and other deferred compensation, and $68,857 in nontaxable benefits, according to the University Times.

The Times reported that in all, 1,776 people earned $100,000 in compensation during the year ending June 30, 2012. That compares with 1,652 people the previous year.

Bill Schackner: bschackner@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1977 and on Twitter: @BschacknerPG.


Bill Schackner: bschackner@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1977 and on Twitter: @BschacknerPG.

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