After this weekend’s press conference it should come as no surprise that University of Connecticut Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Calhoun is the state’s highest paid employee with a salary of $1.62 million in 2008.

According to the state Comptroller’s office, UConn coaches round out the top three list followed only by their colleagues at the University of Connecticut Health Center and UConn’s President Michael Hogan.

UConn football coach Randy Edsall was the second highest paid at $1.38 million and Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma followed at $1.31 million.

Dr. John Nulsen, UConn Health Center’s Director of Fertility Services, comes in fourth with a salary of $884,408 followed by his colleague in the dermatology department, Dr. James Whalen, who made $840,662 and Dr. Hilary C. Onyiuke, head of neurosurgery, who made $830,728 in 2008.

Coming in seventh is UConn’s President Michael Hogan who made $613,908 in 2008 and rounding out ninth place is UConn’s Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway who made $553,919.

The University of Connecticut Health Center doctors account for most of the highest wage earners in the top 25, except for Connecticut State University Chancellor David Carter Sr. who earned $398,509 in 2008.

Click here to read the top 250 wage earners and here for the list of agency codes.