Report: Average Salary for CT Superintendents at $166K

Waterford has the highest paid superintendent in eastern Connecticut, according to the report.

Besides their 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.


In Waterford, Superintendent Jerome Belair earns $206,360 annually under a three-year contract approved in 2012. The contract also includes 30 vacation days a year, 10 of which he can sell back to the Board of Education at his per diem salary at the end of the year if they are unused and the board approves, 18 sick days per year and six personal days per year, according to the report.

According to the report, that is the highest salary for a superintendent in eastern Connecticut. In comparison, New London Superintendent Nicholas Fisher makes $156,470 annually, Montville Superintendent Pamela Aubin makes $177,360 annually and East Lyme Superintendent James Lombardo makes $197,964 annually.

Equineone January 04, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Equineone January 04, 2013 at 03:22 PM
And yet our students sit in over crowded classrooms, our teachers are getting laid off, and the teachers who remain have to work twice as hard with less than stellar results and support. BUT, we do vote in the people who vote on the budgets... maybe that needs to change!
Dave January 04, 2013 at 05:30 PM
You all can thank our wonderful Board of Ed. for this overpriced contract! They will all say they got a bargain in hiring Belair. The next time there are teacher, sports or activity budget cuts just remember where all the money goes! Here is an Idea lets cut the budget from the TOP Down instead of the bottom up! Vote the Board of Ed out in the next election!
Ron January 04, 2013 at 06:38 PM
At least he will retire at only $ 195,000 a year with only a 10 % per year annual cost of living increase, rather than the $ 206,000 a year now, with 15 % per year increases. Waterford is a total joke and thinking it is still yesterday when Millstone was paying 30 million a year in taxes, and people in the private sector had real jobs. This is another visible symbol why CT is over as a State. PS: Yesterdays Wall Street Journal put CT in the worst 2 states in the union to do business with Texas and Florida being the best. At least the Waterford Superintendent will retire to Florida to spend his huge CT pension for the next 30 years.
Paul January 05, 2013 at 12:47 AM
The Waterford BOE should be held accountable at the next election for its recent majority vote on giving Mr. Belair his recent raise. The chairwoman of the BOE praises the job he is doing. Even though he does do a good job does it warrant this kind of salary when programs are being cut, teachers are being laid off, and the citizens of the town are facing the same tough economic times? I remember when this same BOE said he is making what other superintendents in the area make! Every incumbent on this BOE who voted for this raise needs to be voted out of office at the next election!


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