While some folks are pretty upset about State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice being offered a 26%, or $52,000, pay raise at Wednesday’s State Board of Education meeting, I thought it might be helpful for us to see how much the superintendents in our own districts earn.
This map contains data on superintendent salaries across the state published by the Alabama State Department of Education for FY14, which ends September 30, 2014. The numbers reflect salary only, not benefits nor housing allowances nor any additional perks.
The ranking indicates how much the superintendent is paid per pupil.
Some superintendents have had their contracts renewed and possibly salaries increased, while others are no longer superintendents in their districts. The FY15 data should be published in late October.
If you do the math, Bice’s salary comes out to 34 cents per pupil. $250,000 (contract amount) divided by 740,000 students (which is a low estimate). Currently at $198,000, he is paid 27 cents per pupil.
While it is certainly true that Bice’s everyday job duties are likely different from local district superintendents, he is ultimately responsible for the outcomes for all of Alabama’s K-12 students.
Hoping to find the database of state superintendent salaries soon.