But he isn’t alone.
Thiede is only one of 540 Wisconsin state workers who earned more than $20,000 in overtime, the Journal Sentinel reported.
According to the newspaper's findings:
- Bradley Frisch is a sergeant in a correctional institution. He made $169,000 in 2017, working 82.4 hours a week on average, .
- Kevin Streekstra, another correctional institution sergeant made slightly under Frisch, $168,000 working 87.5 hours a week on average.
- Sook Bae, a nurse clinician, worked 81.7 hours a week on average, making $216,000.
State officials say they have to pay out so much overtime because there's a low unemployment rate, making it difficult to hire people for round-the-clock staffing at prisons and health care facilities, the Journal Sentinel reported.
Some are saying though that in addition to a financial issue, it’s also a question about safety. Can workers who have to watch prisoners or patients be alert enough to do their job safely.
For more on the Journal Sentinel's investigation, click here.