Who Makes What in School Superintendents' Salaries?

Their salaries range from $82,000 to $285,000 a year (full-time positions) and with a pay of $160K, Clinton's Superintendent is just below the state average pay for a school district leader.


It's a toss up: the highest paid school superintendent in the state is Westport's at $285,000 a year and the lowest is Canterbury's at $82,000 a year. And in between, there's every figure imaginable.

Recently, the New Haven Register published a database of its review of the pay of 148 superintendents, along with links to their contracts. Click here to view the chart.

Besides their six-figure salaries, Connecticut school superintendents also command perks and bonuses, according to the report.

Along with its sister news organizations, including the Middletown Press and the Litchfield County Times, the Register found that the average pay for school superintendents in Connecticut is $164,000 and that they can significantly boost that pay with other negotiated perks and benefits, including compensation for unused sick time, meal allowances, travel pay and bonuses.

Clinton's School Superintendent, Jack Cross, earns $160,855, which places his annual salary just below the state average pay for a school leader. 

Of the 148 salaries listed, 28 superintendents earn more than $200,000 annually and get tens of thousands more each year in perks, the newspapers found. Many also get generous benefit packages that include up to a month of vacation time and several weeks of sick time that can be accrued and then paid out if unused.

Some of the highest paid include school leaders in Fairfield County including $285,000 for the Westport superintendent, $264,000 for Fairfield's, $252,000 for Darien's and $235,000 for the Greenwich superintendent.

The lowest paid include $82,000 in Canterbury, $124,000 in Eastford, $126,000 in Preston and $135,000 in Woodstock.

Numbers indicate full-time superintendents' base pay figures that are rounded down.

Kirk Carr January 04, 2013 at 10:42 PM
There are many metrics besides test scores to evaluate the success of a school district. A multivariant index of CAPT scores, SAT participation rates and SAT average composite scores and graduation rates eliminates anomalies and deemphasizes any single test score. Then calculating correlations and creating a matrix will help understand relationships and drivers if any. In fact there is no correlation between a combination of these indexed values and superintendent salaries per pupil. And the coefficient is slightly negative at -.14. A matrix of relative educational value-added to superintendent salaries in Connecticut puts Clinton in the High Compensation - Low Performance quadrant. Looking just at total cost per pupil to educational performance, Clinton is in the high cost and low performance quadrant, which is a significant variable affecting the performance dimension of the other matrix. The matrices may be downloaded from: https://www.yousendit.com/dl?phi_action=app/orchestrateDownload&rurl=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.yousendit.com%252Ftransfer.php%253Faction%253Dbatch_download%2526batch_id%253DUW13b256Q0N6RTlESjlVag Adding $3 million plus to the annual cost of education in the form of a new high school will exacerbate the cost side of the equation by at least 10% with little or no measurable educational.
DisgruntledInClinton January 04, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Again, there is a site that is simple to use and I think it's great: greatschools.com. Gives you lots of information about test scores, teachers, etc. and you can compare several schools to each other at once. A warning to Clinton, CT educators: I read that many parents are using this site to gauge whether they buy a home in that town or not. They are more interested in the quality of education than the price of the homes.
Jonathan Sanders January 05, 2013 at 01:50 AM
This site has ratings based on test scores from 2009. www.ctreports.com has the most up to date CAPT and CMT scores.
MrsSmithWatchingWashington January 05, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Thanks, Jonathan Sanders. I compared Clinton with Madison, Guilford, Westbrook and Old Saybrook. We come in last.
Art Kuever January 06, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Please bring your concerns to the Board of Education but did you look at a range from 2010-2012 and notice that besides Clinton only Westbrook went up in each category across the board (Clinton stayed the same in writing the last 2 years) the other towns in your list went down? At several meetings, it was noted that the education is being changed in ways to help increase these scores. Maybe we need to give this a change and see if the trend continues.


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