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McCrory DHHS official paid more than industry norm

RALEIGH, N.C. -

(AP) - The big salary North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration is paying 1 of the young Republicans who worked on his election campaign last year outpaces what private employers pay for similar work.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/1f0bckV) that the $85,000 paid to top state Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Ricky Diaz exceeds the $56,000 salary a PR Week survey this year found as the industry average for professionals with less than five years of experience.

The CEO of the Raleigh-based public relations firm French West Vaughan said the 24-year-old Diaz is making about twice what someone with his experience would earn at a private company.

McCrorys spokeswoman Kim Genardo said Diaz does more than PR for the health agency, including managing a staff.

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