All of this discussion about the pay and benefits for Oakland’s new superintendent spurred me to find out how other top dogs in the Bay Area are compensated. With help from my reporter colleagues, I compiled the below sampling of their pay and perks.
I don’t have all of the benefit totals, and some of these folks might be in for another raise come July 1, but it’ll give you a better idea of what these people are taking home. Any guesses on the top earner?
SAN LORENZO: Superintendent Dennis Byas will earn $326,000 as of July 1, according to his contract ($259,000 base salary plus $67,000 in perks including housing allowance, health benefits, etc.).
District size: 12,000 students
SAN FRANCISCO: Superintendent Carlos Garcia earns a $293,000 salary in addition to health benefits.
District size: 55,200 students
OAKLAND: New Superintendent Tony Smith will earn $287,870 ($265,000 base salary for the next three years, plus health and other benefits). That amount does not include a potential $30,000 retirement contribution after two years and another $30,000 after three years, pending successful reviews.
District size: 46,500 students, including charters
WEST CONTRA COSTA: Superintendent Bruce Harter earns $275,000 (base salary of $225,000 plus $50,000 in housing, health care and other benefits).
District size: 30,800
PITTSBURG: Superintendent Barbara Wilson earns $243,236 total ($185,000 base salary, plus benefits).
District size: 9,600 students.
CASTRO VALLEY: New Superintendent Jim Negri will earn $232,000, plus annuity ($6,000) and health benefits. In 2011, his base salary jumps to $246,000.
District size: 8,900 students
HAYWARD: Superintendent Dale Vigil earns $227,556, plus benefits.
District size: 22,100 students
SAN LEANDRO: Superintendent Christine Lim earns $214,649 salary, plus benefits.
District size: 8,800 students
MOUNT DIABLO: Interim Superintendent Richard Nicoll earns $209,000, plus health and retirement benefits. The school board has discussed paying its permanent hire at least $220,000 to $260,000.
District size: 35,000 students
ACALANES UNION: New Superintendent John Stockton (Jim Negri’s replacement) will start with a salary of $200,000 plus benefits, including $7,800 car allowance and health coverage.
District size: 5,700 high school students
BRENTWOOD UNION: Superintendent Merrill Grant earns $161,160, plus benefits.
District size: 8,200 elementary school students