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 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 Wilton, School Superintendent Gary Richards earned $267,587 for the 2012-2013 salary year, according to the report.

We pay too much January 02, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Why does Wilton constantly feel they have to pay more than any other town? (OK, so technically his salary is only the 2nd highest in the state). It is one thing to pay a competitive salary, but why does Wilton always seem to strive to pay the most? Our First Selectman is one of the highest paid First Selectman/Mayors in this state also.
Jeanie C. Riley January 03, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I wouldn't take Gary Richards' job for $1 million a year, much less what he makes. Can you imagine putting up with the pushy, obnoxious parents in this town? Heck, he deserves $200M just for handling the PTA episode last year!
Get real January 03, 2013 at 02:14 AM
He didn't handle anything. In fact he did not even make any comments about the PTA issue. He has a contract and thus is almost impossible to fire, thus he doesn't need to do anything he does not want to do. Read the article and see how many superintendents make less than 100 K in this state. And they are putting up with the same issues our almost 300 K super has to put up with.
Alethiologist January 03, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Really? What is so different from his job than the jobs of other superintendents? Dealing with parents of all types is part of the job. How many Wilton kids are crack babies? Richards is grossly overpaid.He should have prevented the PTA issue in the first place but just rolled over instead of taking a principled stand. But maybe a principled stand would have jeopardized his job..... People put up with him because they fear Canty will succeed him....that would be a disaster.


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