Connecticut School Superintendents Get High Pay and Perks

Groton's interim Superintendent earns $644 per day, or about $167,000 per year, just above the state average. Some school leaders make more than $200,000 annually.


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.

Groton's Interim Superintendent John Ramos earns $644 per day, or about $167,000 annually, which is slightly above the state average. Superintendents in several surrounding towns, including Ledyard, Stonington, Waterford and East Lyme receive higher salaries.

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 West Hartford, for instance, Superintendent Karen List makes $230,000 annually with a tax-sheltered annuity included. That makes her the 14th highest paid superintendent in Connecticut.

In Berlin, School Superintendent David Erwin earns $203,000 annually, according to the report.

Rick McDonald January 05, 2013 at 02:30 PM
You left out that Dr. Ramos gets paid to commute in addition to his salary. Maybe the rest of the BOE and school staff's should demand the same treatment.
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