In Mississippi, the governor’s salary is set — in statute — at $122,160 a year. He ranks above other statewide elected officials, with the attorney general making $108,960 and most others such as secretary of state and commissioners of agriculture, treasury and insurance making $90,000. But the governor is far from the highest paid government official in Mississippi. In fact, many local school district superintendents across the state make well more than the governor’s salary.

After the Legislature passed a multiyear judicial pay raise in 2012, state Supreme Court justices now make a little more than the governor and will top out around $150,000 a year in 2016. State circuit and chancery judges by 2016 will be paid more than the governor, $136,000, unless he gets a raise.

The director of the Mississippi Development Authority, which answers to the governor, also makes more than he does. The director’s state salary is $83,000, but a law passed in 2012 also allows private economic development groups to supplement the MDA salary. A stipend of up to $47,000 a year, at the governor’s discretion and pending specific goals are met, has been pledged from a nonprofit partnership, but the MDA director has not yet received it.

In Mississippi, the commissioner of the Institutions of Higher Learning makes more than $341,000 a year and the current superintendent of education salary is $276,000.

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4 thoughts on “School Superintendents salary dwarfs that of Governor, other state execs.

  1. What we find most interesting about this is what the statistics show. Mississippi is rated at the very bottom nationally in education. The amount spent on teachers and students is also at the bottom nationally, yet what we spend on Administration ranks us at the very top (#9 in the country to be exact). Let us also not forget that MS ranks high on the list for retirement benefits as well. Administrators in education make more than state legislators, the Governor and many other professions across the board. Why are we rewarding these leaders for failure? If MS was at the top in education, we could justify the compensation based on merit. What our system has created is a fight between educators to reach the top positions because they know that is the only way they will make money.

    DeSoto County’s Superintendent is retired and still making more than other elected officials statewide. We have an Assistant Superintendent, Associate Superintendents and Directors that make more than the Governor. They work less, travel the most and are not visible in the school districts. If this is happening in the state’s “supposed” star district, isn’t it realistic to believe it is happening in a lot of other districts?!

    We happen to believe that the statistics show money invested in the children and teachers have proven to yield educational success that far exceeds the districts or states that pay more to Administrators. Now with Common Core, PARCC and other iniatives at the forefront, education leaders’ focus has been taken away from the students and teachers and put into programs, curriculums and testing methods that are incomplete and still in their infancy stages. It has created a race between Administrators to become the “leader” of the new implemented standards. Maybe the answer is to quit trying to reinvent the wheel. We need to put the money into our kids and their teachers. Maybe they are the ones that need a voice since they are the ones that are in the classroom 8 hours a day. In our opinion, money would be better spent on the ones that need it the most.

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