Dixon among Highest Earners Pitt Coach Made More Than $3.2M in '14, Putting Him in Top 10 of Basketball Coaches

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Dixon among Highest Earners Pitt Coach Made More Than $3.2M in '14, Putting Him in Top 10 of Basketball Coaches


Werner, Sam, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon made more than $3.2 million in 2014 - making him by far the university's highest-paid employee - according to tax documents released Tuesday.

It was the third consecutive year Dixon has been Pitt's highest earner, and in 2014 he was joined by two other athletic department employees near the top of the university's payroll. That's no rare feat at a university with a Division I athletic program, as basketball and football coaches typically earn more than administrators and professors.

Dixon's base pay increased by $91,715 from the previous year, as shown in the university's most recent federal IRS Form 990, which covers July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. Although Dixon's income in that time would put him among the top 10 highest-paid basketball coaches, it won't necessarily be a continuing trend.

Dixon's base pay, according to the document, was $1.4 million. An additional $1.7 million came in the form of "bonus and incentive compensation," much of which was deferred payment from a previous contract extension that vested in 2013. Dixon also collected $31,183 in other reportable compensation, $130,600 in retirement and deferred compensation and $15,399 in nontaxable benefits.

Dixon is currently under contract at Pitt through 2023, having signed a 10-year extension in 2013.

Two of Pitt's four highest-paid employees were in the athletic department. …

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