Administrative Compensation

Using data from the state, this video illustrates the growth of superintendent compensation over time:

In the video, yellow is SUSD’s superintendent, blue is the actual average superintendent and green is the average superintendent if compensation had grown at the rate of inflation since 2003-2004 school year. The horizontal axis is the compensation ranking relative to other superintendents (higher ranks on the left) and the vertical axis is the sum of base pay and medical benefits. This compensation does not include the $48,000 housing allowance.

To learn how limited the state’s information is, read about the variety of ways that administrators get more than just a paycheck by reading the 2009 Grand Jury Report at

This analysis uses the state’s data.  In the 2003-2004 school year, the SUSD superintendent received $151,116 in base pay and benefits. This was 18% above the state average, ranking at 193 highest out of 831 reporting districts. For the 2010-2011 school year, SUSD’s superintendent received $232,215, 43% above the state average, ranking 69 out of 825 reporting districts. This table shows the actual compensation reported to the state for the SUSD superintendent and the average of all reporting districts. It shows the ranking of the SUSD superintendent and the average superintendent.  The average ranking varies because the number of reporting districts varies. The table also shows what compensation would have been if compensation had grown at the rate of inflation as measured by the California Consumer Price Index, the  “CPI”.

Where is the governing board in all this? Their response is to seek a tax increase.

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