Taking advantage of special provisions in the union contract, psychiatrist Zinovi Goubar made more than $650,000 in 2018, including nearly $372,000 for overtime, a state payroll database obtained annually by The Dispatch shows. Goubar, paid about $110 an hour, earned $590,000 in 2017, and has now been Ohio's highest-paid non-university state employee for nine straight years.

In fact, 21 of the top 22 earners worked for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Virtually all of these $255,000-and-up employees got “on duty” pay while working for state mental hospitals under the collective bargaining agreement with Service Employees International Union local 1199. The only one of the top 22 outside the mental health agency was Andrew Eddy, a physician administrator for the state prison system who made $299,000.

With only one exception — state schools superintendent Paolo DeMaria at 89th with $206,838 in earnings — all 97 of the highest wage earners were psychiatrists and physicians.

The database does not include higher education institutions — so no college presidents or football coaches — nor employees of JobsOhio, the state's privatized economic-development agency whose president made more than $620,000.

Gov. John Kasich ranked a modest 281st on the payroll list of 59,086 who got some form of payment from state government last year. Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor was the highest-paid elected official at $182,097, followed by the other six justices at $171,397 each.

The average Ohioan made $52,260 in 2018, federal statistics show.

Ten state employees made more than $300,000 in 2018, compared to eight the year before. A total of 100 made more than $200,000, verses 97 in 2017. And 5,089 earned more than $100,000 — an increase of 796 or 19 percent from 2017, when 4,293 reached six figures.

In 2010, the year before Kasich became governor, only one state employee topped the $300,000 mark, 28 made more than $200,000 and 1,855 grossed more than $100,000.

A total of 422 workers made more than $25,000 in overtime in 2018. Another 3,185 received between $10,000 and $25,000 in overtime compensation.

Most unionized state employees are receiving pay raises totaling 8.7 percent over three years under their contract, with the first 2.75-percent raise granted on July 1, 2018 and the second to follow this coming July 1. Unionized workers will receive a 3-percent raise in 2020.

The number of state employees dropped by 6,911 or 12 percent to 51,393 during Kasich's eight years in office, Department of Administrative Services says. The agency with the most employees — the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction — lost 1,177 positions, or 9 percent of its workforce, while the state prison population declined 3 percent.

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