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Editor's note: Multiple Southern Illinois University Edwardsville professors have disputed the accuracy of the data cited in this story. Two professors named in the top five earners have said the salaries are higher than they actually earned in 2017. The BND is working to verify the correct information and will update this story as soon as it is available. Until the information can be verified, the data has been removed from the Public Pay Database.
Salaries for employees of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have been added to the Belleville News-Democrat's Public Pay Database.
More than 3,100 employees earned nearly $140 million in 2017, with Chancellor Randall Pembrook bringing in the largest paycheck at $300,000.
The next five highest earners at the university were:
- Wilbert H. Milligan III: $286,693.96, Associate Dean of the School of Dental Medicine
- Bruce Rotter: $285,536.66, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine
- Susan Rieken: $269,372.12, Associate Professor in the School of Dental Medicine
- Robert Bitter: $245,503.86, Assistant Professor in the School of Dental Medicine
- Paul Rose: $235,547.22, Interim Dean of the School of Education
Employees in the Office of the Chancellor grossed the highest wages on average followed by employees in Financial Affairs, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor, and the School of Pharmacy.
Departments with some of the lowest wages on average included Theater and Dance, Admissions, the Environmental Resources Training Center, and WSIE, the university's public radio station.
The Dental School of Medicine in Alton had the most employees at 277, followed by Facilities Management at 206.
By comparison, In 2016, roughly 1,300 SIUE employees made a total of $130 million.
The BND's Public Pay Database goes back to 2011 with information obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. The salary information does not include insurance or benefits.