A friend of mine from another institution and I recently played a game of "Show me yours, I'll show you mine." No, not that kind. ;)
Namely, both my friend and I are at large public research universities, but in different physical science fields. The salaries of everyone at public universities should be publicly available, even though in many cases actually digging these numbers up may be a bit nontrivial (e.g may perhaps be done only on campus etc.)
In the cases of our two universities, there are conveniently accessible websites where you can look up everyone's salaries, so we exchanged the URLs. It was fun and educational to see what my colleagues at a peer institution make. To all of you who are looking at tenure-track positions, looking up salaries at the public universities where you interview is a very good idea, so you would know what to expect, whether you are being low-balled, and how much you can negotiate.
But, in addition to looking up peers, it is interesting to see how much people in different fields make at different institutions. I am giving you the listing of the highest paid university personnel at my friend's institution. The names and other identifying information have been removed to protect the innocent, but there is still plenty of number goodness to ponder; the third column is simply the fraction of a full time appointment. You can click to enlarge.
The athletic department salaries are very high, which I believe surprises no one. Still, it rubs me in a particularly wrong way in the light of the Penn State scandal.
Note how much less a women's basketball coach makes than a men's -- hey, the poor dude/dudette they may well be a professor, that's how little they make! Then see the relative proportion of administration versus faculty among the highest earners. Also, among the highest earning faculty, those from law are the most numerous.
On this list is a person who I know to be a Nobel laureate in physics; there may be others on this list, in disciplines far removed from mine, but no time to look them up. It's interesting to note that one football head coach equals 6 Nobel-prize-winning physicists...