Connecticut School Superintendents Get High Pay and Perks

Some school leaders make more than $200,000 annually and get monthly allotments to interact with their communities.

Besides their hefty six-figure salaries, Connecticut school superintendents also command enviable perks and bonuses, according to a report in the New Haven Register.
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 $166,000 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.

The Register included in its story a database of its review of the pay of 148 superintendents, along with links to their contracts.

Some school 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.

While the average annual pay for a school superintendent in Connecticut is $166,000, many school leaders make more than that, the report states. In Ridgefield, for instance, Superintendent Deborah Low makes $238,606 annually, including funds for a tax-sheltered annuity, according to the report.

Low is comes out just ahead of West Hartford Superintendent Karen List, who makes $230,000 annually, also with a tax-sheltered annuity included.

david reynolds January 02, 2013 at 09:13 PM
In my humble opinion, the remuneration Superintendants are receiving is reasonable. After all, they are the CEO of a multiple location school district. Compare these wages and benefits to Long Island, NY just across the Sound, you will determine CT remuneration is chump change!
Lisa Buchman January 03, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Thanks for your comment David—it's true, they oversee multiple buildings, hundreds of employees and thousands of students. What do others think?
Kerri Kneip Austin January 03, 2013 at 02:55 AM
I agree, those salaries are quite low for what they do. Also, let's not forget that their "end product" is a lot more valuable than anything produced by any other CEO. They are responsible for tomorrow's great minds. Can we really put a price tag on that at all? I think Deb Low deserves every penny and more.
Ridgefield CT January 03, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Worth every penny if they are good. They lead a large organization that is educating our kids. Did the New Haven Register think this was a bad thing?


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