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3 coaches on University of California top-5 paid employee list

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The University of California on Wednesday released its yearly salary list and the top spots went to sports coaches at UCLA and UC Berkeley.

UCLA basketball coach Ben Howland earned $2,234,191 in gross pay last year, UC Berkeley's Jeff Tedford earned $2,146,581 before being fired in December after a 3 win-9 loss season. The university said their salaries come from non-state funds.

Number two on the list - and the top paid UC faculty member - is UCLA’s world renown liver transplant surgeon Ronald Busuttil. He earned $2,232,151 in gross pay last year. A big part of his salary, comes from his clinical practice, according to UC.

The university's highest profile employee, incoming president Janet Napolitano, won't be anywhere near that. She'll probably come in as the 180th highest paid when she starts in the fall, at a salary of $570,000. The university includes multiple search options in its salary database.

The university made the case in this report that many of its workers are paid significantly below market. Pay was frozen for all UC employees in 2008. It was lifted a couple of years later.

The University of California said payroll grew by six percent last year, but not from merit increases. Officials said the bump is likely from a boost to research programs and an increase in pay to some university health care employees.

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