March 6, 2016

Comparing Salaries Among School Superintendents

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The Oklahoma City Public Schools administration building.

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The Oklahoma City Public Schools administration building.

School superintendents in Oklahoma earn a wide range of salaries, with more than half pulling down over $100,000 in total compensation.

For dozens of superintendents in mostly smaller districts, total pay includes additional salary for working multiple jobs, mostly as a principal or teacher.

The table below shows what superintendents at each district earned in 2015-2016, as recorded by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Base pay covers only salary for one position, usually the superintendent's job. Total pay includes benefits, such as health insurance and retirement, and any salary for an additional role. Amounts this fiscal year could change because of mid-year budget cuts.

Total compensation per student is not intended as a definitive measure of whether someone is overpaid or underpaid, only as a starting point for comparing superintendent salaries among districts of all sizes. Not all superintendents receive paid benefits apart from their salaries.

Click or tap on a column heading to re-order the table. Search by district name, county or superintendent name.

The asterisks:

* Superintendent has more than one salaried position in the district, usually as a teacher, principal, counselor and/or librarian. Total pay includes the additional position’s salary plus benefits.

** The district has an interim superintendent contracted at a flat monthly rate. The total fiscal-year pay is calculated by multiplying the monthly pay by 12. If serving less than a year, an interim superintendent will not receive that full amount.

*** Superintendent is a mid-year hire. Base pay and total pay reflect partial-year compensation.

**** Leroy Qualls is also the superintendent of the Cherokee Nation's Sequoyah Schools.

DistrictCountyNameBase PayTotal PayEnrollmentTotal Pay Per Student
Cave SpringsAdairGeary Brown*$25,000$68,493183$374.28
DahlonegahAdairJeffery Limore*$56,368$104,683134$781.22
GreasyAdairMichael Wolfe*$36,000$60,00090$666.67
MaryettaAdairLori Means$80,000$95,282681$139.91
PeavineAdairJack Ritchie$11,790$29,738126$236.02
Rocky MountainAdairAlicia Ketcher*$19,448$73,118188$388.93
StilwellAdairGeri Gilstrap$92,500$109,478 1,328 $82.44
WattsAdairLisa Weaver$68,000$72,776312$233.26
WestvilleAdairTerry Heustis$100,000$109,035 1,159 $94.08
ZionAdairCharles Benham*$56,859$108,506352$308.26
BurlingtonAlfalfaGlen Elliott$88,182$95,000172$552.33
CherokeeAlfalfaDonna Anderson$98,000$111,370422$263.91
TimberlakeAlfalfaRoy Rousey$106,200$112,193276$406.50
AtokaAtokaJay McAdams$146,556$146,556996$147.14
CaneyAtokaLori Boehme*$44,000$88,624253$350.29
HarmonyAtokaBrian Walker$75,000$81,158200$405.79
LaneAtokaMichael Smith*$82,698$95,260257$370.66
StringtownAtokaTony Potts*$65,046$92,618254$364.64
TushkaAtokaMatthew Simpson$95,000$101,210430$235.37
BalkoBeaverLarry Mills$91,680$104,812162$646.99
BeaverBeaverScott Kinsey$88,935$101,788369$275.85
ForganBeaverTravis Smalts$76,000$96,656164$589.37
TurpinBeaverBret Rider$101,647$117,902447$263.76
Elk CityBeckhamBuddy Wood$123,856$129,983 2,147 $60.54
ErickBeckhamJeffrey Kelly*$54,264$81,789274$298.50
MerrittBeckhamJeff Daugherty$110,000$123,902789$157.04
SayreBeckhamTerry Winn*$87,902$109,927751$146.37
CantonBlaineCarl Baker$97,000$110,910396$280.08
GearyBlaineGregory Glasgow$91,697$108,910405$268.91
OkeeneBlaineRonald Pittman$66,150$80,799329$245.59
WatongaBlaineWilliam Seitter$101,000$115,620771$149.96
AchilleBryanRichard Beene$96,555$103,823324$320.44
BenningtonBryanPamela Reynolds$81,600$95,575298$320.72
CaddoBryanEldon Northcutt$80,000$80,365486$165.36
CaleraBryanGerald Parks$85,702$102,381721$142.00
ColbertBryanJarvis Dobbs*$75,793$122,491832$147.22
DurantBryanDuane Merideth$146,042$163,192 3,695 $44.17
Rock CreekBryanPreston Burns$98,000$98,437467$210.79
SiloBryanElizabeth McDonald**$80,850$92,210889$103.72
AnadarkoCaddoCindy Hackney$115,433$130,743 1,882 $69.47
Binger-OneyCaddoLisa King*$63,343$106,020367$288.88
Boone-ApacheCaddoDon Schneberger$78,000$91,806576$159.39
CarnegieCaddoMark Batt*$69,412$81,131571$142.09
CementCaddoDaniel Pittman$79,048$90,416255$354.57
CyrilCaddoJamie Mitchell$77,525$90,605385$235.34
Fort Cobb-BroxtonCaddoKyle Lierle*$47,284$91,183344$265.07
GracemontCaddoMichael Jones*$44,880$86,781140$619.86
HintonCaddoRichard Brownen$96,690$110,341715$154.32
Hydro-EaklyCaddoWilliam Derryberry$99,295$111,567453$246.28
Lookeba SicklesCaddoMichael Davis*$57,142$86,357265$325.88
BannerCanadianLarry York*$49,200$89,682204$439.62
CalumetCanadianKeith Weldon*$59,500$113,018263$429.73
DarlingtonCanadianCheryl Garrison$69,000$80,187238$336.92
El RenoCanadianSteven McVay$112,000$126,669 2,635 $48.07
MapleCanadianArthur Eccard$78,525$90,487145$624.05
MustangCanadianDouglas McDaniel$158,000$192,625 10,798 $17.84
PiedmontCanadianJames White$138,443$155,549 3,649 $42.63
RiversideCanadianDavid Garner$70,500$81,872173$473.25
Union CityCanadianJames Carel*$74,900$110,431291$379.49
YukonCanadianWilliam Simeroth$160,000$177,548 8,378 $21.19
ArdmoreCarterNathaniel Bates$125,000$143,677 3,054 $47.05
DicksonCarterLarry Case$105,000$114,774 1,336 $85.91
FoxCarterBrent Phelps*$43,724$107,575318$338.29
HealdtonCarterTerry Shaw*$70,000$105,670512$206.39
Lone GroveCarterMeri Miller$85,000$99,692 1,536 $64.90
PlainviewCarterKarl Stricker$94,345$115,480 1,552 $74.41
SpringerCarterCynthia Hunter$82,235$96,079216$444.81
WilsonCarterEric Smith$85,275$104,375486$214.76
ZaneisCarterDavid Cole*$45,000$93,416288$324.36
BriggsCherokeeStephen Haynes$105,000$119,901463$258.97
Cherokee Immersion Charter SchCherokeeLeroy Qualls$106,090$106,090106$1,000.85
Grand ViewCherokeeGeorge Kennedy*$69,550$121,623630$193.05
HulbertCherokeeMarilyn Dewoody$92,000$105,369603$174.74
KeysCherokeeVol Woods$125,000$130,993813$161.12
LowreyCherokeeBryan Hix*$47,540$92,258138$668.54
NorwoodCherokeeDiana Garnatz*$45,345$86,489184$470.05
PeggsCherokeeRodney Cox***$83,947$141,226222$636.15
Shady GroveCherokeeEmmett Thompson*$42,000$81,245145$560.31
TahlequahCherokeeLisa Presley$116,400$134,531 3,640 $36.96
TenkillerCherokeeRandy Rountree*$90,000$138,723302$459.35
WoodallCherokeeLinda Clinkenbeard$106,920$120,205492$244.32
BoswellChoctawKeith Edge$75,018$81,176376$215.89
Fort TowsonChoctawJason Price$90,000$101,891397$256.65
GrantChoctawBuck Hammers*$46,800$95,754118$811.47
HugoChoctawTod Harrison$103,891$120,189 1,168 $102.90
SoperChoctawScotty Van Worth*$62,438$90,037395$227.94
SwinkChoctawMark Bush*$45,458$91,225159$573.74
Boise CityCimarronIra Harris*$93,428$114,350293$390.27
FeltCimarronLewetta Hefley$43,853$66,41793$714.16
KeyesCimarronSherri Hitchings*$74,550$74,55083$898.19
LexingtonClevelandRonda Bass-Boyd*$93,500$106,481 1,125 $94.65
Little AxeClevelandJames Thomas$86,642$99,985 1,280 $78.11
MooreClevelandRobert Romines$150,000$167,663 23,890 $7.02
NobleClevelandFrank Solomon*$123,922$143,945 2,858 $50.37
NormanClevelandJoseph Siano$189,802$261,565 16,046 $16.30
Robin HillClevelandBrandon Voss*$43,800$85,268301$283.28
CoalgateCoalJimmy Girten$84,450$102,090717$142.38
CottonwoodCoalJohn Daniel*$28,101$77,066178$432.96
TupeloCoalJerry Romines*$66,398$84,517277$305.12
BishopComancheHoward Hampton*$75,463$129,912536$242.37
CacheComancheRandy Batt$116,740$132,090 1,870 $70.64
ChattanoogaComancheJerry Brown*$77,950$97,859224$436.87
ElginComancheNathaniel Meraz$101,430$114,652 2,267 $50.57
FletcherComancheChristopher Gilbreath$85,012$97,071482$201.39
Flower MoundComancheCory Trent*$40,500$78,309333$235.16
GeronimoComancheWilliam Pascoe$81,366$94,023332$283.20
IndiahomaComancheDeanna Voegeli$62,944$62,944211$298.31
LawtonComancheThomas Deighan$149,262$176,746 14,978 $11.80
SterlingComancheJulie Poteete$82,162$90,268416$216.99
Big PastureCottonRaymond Lunn*$52,200$87,000197$441.62
TempleCottonMichael Johnson*$74,850$101,281177$572.21
WaltersCottonJimmie Dedmon$85,054$98,660711$138.76
BluejacketCraigShellie Baker*$43,634$76,126224$339.85
KetchumCraigPete Hiseley$96,358$96,358597$161.40
VinitaCraigKelly Grimmett$98,182$120,509 1,577 $76.42
WelchCraigRichard McKeon*$91,186$107,637343$313.81
White OakCraigRichard McSpadden$11,000$20,00046$434.78
Allen-BowdenCreekKelly Husted$92,397$98,683403$244.87
BristowCreekCurtis Shelton$124,824$125,487 1,781 $70.46
DepewCreekVernon Hiett$93,850$108,080361$299.39
DrumrightCreekHarold Dorsey$101,376$125,105560$223.40
GypsyCreekRachel Collins*$31,665$59,00682$719.59
KellyvilleCreekDanny Pierce$109,000$126,136 1,089 $115.83
KieferCreekMary Murrell$93,600$117,575731$160.84
Lone StarCreekTracie Hale$93,200$99,670904$110.25
MannfordCreekSteven Waldvogel$96,000$113,603 1,622 $70.04
MoundsCreekAlfred Gaches$99,800$116,982587$199.29
OiltonCreekMatt Posey$86,624$100,353285$352.12
OliveCreekJimmy Reynolds*$44,991$86,703360$240.84
Pretty WaterCreekJeffery Taylor*$48,000$115,043265$434.12
SapulpaCreekKevin Burr$154,202$159,264 3,965 $40.17
Arapaho-ButlerCusterJames Edelen*$53,960$108,622434$250.28
ClintonCusterKevin Hime$130,567$147,802 2,313 $63.90
Thomas-Fay-Custer Unified DistCusterRobbie Royalty$67,350$72,419470$154.08
WeatherfordCusterChad Wilson$98,000$116,583 2,268 $51.40
CleoraDelawareKenny Guthrie*$51,000$98,830120$823.58
ColcordDelawareBud Simmons$74,000$82,529607$135.96
GroveDelawareSandra Coaly$109,100$125,670 2,461 $51.06
JayDelawareCharles Thomas$107,116$125,437 1,706 $73.53
KansasDelawareLeann Barnwell$90,447$103,849873$118.96
KenwoodDelawareBilly Taylor*$73,800$85,650101$848.02
LeachDelawareAndrea Sealock*$37,800$67,742145$467.19
MoseleyDelawareCharlene Carter*$46,500$89,226244$365.68
Oaks-MissionDelawareJohn Sheridan*$58,137$102,749298$344.80
SeilingDeweyRandy Seifried$79,000$91,046436$208.82
TalogaDeweyDarci Brown$74,000$85,173109$781.40
ViciDeweyCoby Nelson$81,950$94,887343$276.64
ArnettEllisDanny Cochran$80,000$82,000212$386.79
FargoEllisTerry Stevens$87,500$87,500191$458.12
GageEllisGreg Gregory*$49,250$82,37793$885.77
ShattuckEllisRandy Holley$43,950$102,939353$291.61
ChisholmGarfieldRoydon Tilley$120,541$132,634 1,023 $129.65
Covington-DouglasGarfieldDarren Sharp*$70,883$97,288266$365.74
DrummondGarfieldMichael Woods$65,000$104,183307$339.36
EnidGarfieldDarrell Floyd$145,652$214,801 8,078 $26.59
GarberGarfieldJames Lamer$83,405$96,126377$254.98
Kremlin-HillsdaleGarfieldJimmy Patton$75,800$87,949317$277.44
Pioneer-Pleasant ValeGarfieldWesley Koontz$92,200$111,736546$204.64
WaukomisGarfieldShawn Tennyson$74,250$90,696416$218.02
Elmore City-PernellGarvinDonald Darrow$84,075$104,035520$200.07
LindsayGarvinDaniel Chapman*$92,176$113,524 1,260 $90.10
MaysvilleGarvinShelly Hildebrand-Beach*$53,996$102,065351$290.78
PaoliGarvinDavid Morris*$41,500$99,685232$429.68
Pauls ValleyGarvinBarclay Martin$118,000$123,993 1,351 $91.78
StratfordGarvinMichael Blackburn*$81,800$99,979718$139.25
WhitebeadGarvinMary Smith*$46,445$91,214402$226.90
WynnewoodGarvinRaymond Cole$87,900$105,421711$148.27
AlexGradyJason James*$90,132$119,659319$375.11
Amber-PocassetGradyDavid Hance$83,353$103,678477$217.35
Bridge CreekGradyDavid Morrow$101,635$119,302 1,494 $79.85
ChickashaGradyDavid Cash$149,811$173,224 2,463 $70.33
FriendGradyAlton Rawlins*$49,808$97,448259$376.25
MiddlebergGradyRandy Hughes*$57,360$103,257202$511.17
MincoGradyKevin Sims$85,310$118,299554$213.54
NinnekahGradyMichael Bunch$94,242$109,217545$200.40
PioneerGradyTyler Locke*$44,856$85,808386$222.30
Rush SpringsGradyMichael Zurline$88,910$102,274573$178.49
TuttleGradyBobby Waitman$110,000$110,108 1,858 $59.26
VerdenGradyDavid Davidson*$75,000$103,921277$375.17
Deer Creek-LamontGrantJames Lewis$95,392$109,463181$604.77
MedfordGrantMichael Geurkink*$92,000$120,377278$433.01
Pond Creek-HunterGrantJoel Quinn*$135,233$158,317362$437.34
GraniteGreerRodney Calhoun$92,500$99,029279$354.94
MangumGreerJames Southall$100,000$100,000752$132.98
HollisHarmonJennifer McQueen$78,594$86,202531$162.34
BuffaloHarperMartin Adams*$73,540$96,780270$358.44
LaverneHarperEddie Thomas$102,007$110,700496$223.19
KeotaHaskellChad Harp$80,000$93,008423$219.88
KintaHaskellPatricia Deville*$51,600$87,516204$429.00
McCurtainHaskellDarthur Drummonds*$75,000$85,273229$372.37
StiglerHaskellMonty Guthrie$90,800$109,993 1,397 $78.74
WhitefieldHaskellScott Shepherd*$32,500$76,926135$569.82
CalvinHughesChristopher Karch*$77,709$113,904150$759.36
HoldenvilleHughesRandal Davenport$101,223$123,202 1,122 $109.81
MossHughesGilford Turpin$50,400$54,194280$193.55
StuartHughesTracy Blasengame*$68,430$86,898282$308.15
WetumkaHughesDonna McGee$84,854$97,879470$208.25
AltusJacksonRoger Hill$116,250$131,284 3,549 $36.99
BlairJacksonJimmy Smith*$71,400$96,334300$321.11
DukeJacksonKevin Brown*$56,250$84,166186$452.51
EldoradoJacksonMichael Parsons*$40,570$65,97374$891.53
NavajoJacksonVicki Nance$82,720$88,953483$184.17
OlusteeJacksonAlpha Freeman*$63,780$82,508159$518.92
RinglingJeffersonBrian Southward$76,140$81,199425$191.06
RyanJeffersonLarry Ninman*$81,517$97,820252$388.17
TerralJeffersonGregory Fouse*$46,306$85,12568$1,251.84
WaurikaJeffersonRoxie Terry$91,660$97,803408$239.71
ColemanJohnstonJames Miller*$45,830$85,716179$478.86
MannsvilleJohnstonDavid Herron*$39,120$70,10898$715.39
MilburnJohnstonJoey McBride*$50,000$75,914209$363.22
Mill CreekJohnstonLorinda Chancellor*$41,696$58,498171$342.09
RaviaJohnstonDavid Duncan*$48,000$89,60287$1,029.91
TishomingoJohnstonKevin Duncan$110,000$124,915973$128.38
WapanuckaJohnstonMaxie Rowland*$39,639$70,335263$267.43
BlackwellKayRichard Riggs$99,250$129,017 1,360 $94.87
KildareKayBruce Shelley*$38,745$79,30378$1,016.71
NewkirkKaySteve Stanley$100,000$114,171848$134.64
PeckhamKayGary Young*$40,979$79,564104$765.04
Ponca CityKayDavid Pennington$184,518$205,025 5,217 $39.30
TonkawaKayLori Simpson$73,000$110,108729$151.04
CashionKingfisherSammy Jackson$86,562$100,057517$193.53
DoverKingfisherShannon Grimes*$43,800$88,618168$527.49
HennesseyKingfisherJoe McCulley$109,875$127,225924$137.69
KingfisherKingfisherJason Sternberger$118,939$135,093 1,455 $92.85
LomegaKingfisherKaren Castonguay*$46,071$87,000260$334.62
OkarcheKingfisherRobert Friesen*$51,000$91,084348$261.74
HobartKowaCathy Hunt$87,900$102,132830$123.05
Lone WolfKowaJames Sutherland*$35,300$77,258132$585.29
Mountain View-GoteboKowaSamuel Belcher$80,000$92,657254$364.79
SnyderKowaRobert Trammell$92,295$106,437444$239.72
Buffalo ValleyLatimerJustin Kennedy$65,355$76,969144$534.51
PanolaLatimerBrad Corcoran*$62,000$81,607152$536.89
Red OakLatimerBryan Deatherage*$50,000$72,002292$246.58
WilburtonLatimerBeatrice Butler$107,100$124,074925$134.13
ArkomaLeFloreJohn Turner$92,000$98,632398$247.82
BokosheLeFloreDennis Shoup*$41,876$64,381224$287.42
CameronLeFloreSr James Caughern$87,021$100,368273$367.65
FanshaweLeFloreWesley McGowen*$8,500$68,58876$902.47
HeavenerLeFloreEdward Wilson$85,828$103,236 1,072 $96.30
HodgenLeFloreWard Brown*$47,904$79,839257$310.66
HoweLeFloreScott Parks$82,500$88,754597$148.67
LeFloreLeFloreDelane Jackson*$64,286$87,123232$375.53
MonroeLeFloreKaren Larosa*$38,874$75,553115$656.98
PanamaLeFloreGrant Ralls*$59,454$104,090718$144.97
PocolaLeFloreLawrence Barnes$50,000$50,000839$59.59
PoteauLeFloreDon Sjoberg$98,293$118,659 2,360 $50.28
Shady PointLeFloreBruce Gillham*$45,450$86,689147$589.72
SpiroLeFloreDon Atkinson$91,143$97,942 1,120 $87.45
TalihinaLeFloreJason Lockhart$84,500$100,368616$162.94
WhitesboroLeFloreKathleen Blagg*$54,755$91,867202$454.79
WisterLeFloreRachel Pugh$90,000$96,107605$158.85
AgraLincolnDonald Gray$22,500$25,428331$76.82
CarneyLincolnAlicia O'Donnell*$60,000$84,951238$356.94
ChandlerLincolnJohnie Kimble$81,245$99,757 1,217 $81.97
DavenportLincolnDaniel Acord$81,950$101,870392$259.87
MeekerLincolnJeffrey Pruitt$82,000$95,247855$111.40
PragueLincolnJustin Lockwood$119,062$127,299 1,047 $121.58
StroudLincolnTuyl Joe Van$92,468$106,959830$128.87
WellstonLincolnDwayne Danker$78,400$97,562656$148.72
White RockLincolnTravis Gates*$48,000$94,967121$784.85
CoyleLoganJoshua Sumrall*$75,000$96,263332$289.95
CrescentLoganMickey Hart*$105,000$129,096635$203.30
GuthrieLoganMichael Simpson$135,348$149,543 3,538 $42.27
Mulhall-OrlandoLoganRodney Vollmer*$63,844$86,767255$340.26
GreenvilleLoveJason Midkiff*$41,200$70,443135$521.80
MariettaLoveJoe Neely$102,426$119,166 1,069 $111.47
ThackervilleLoveGregory Raper$90,365$96,358357$269.91
TurnerLoveBurl Solie*$76,000$111,012316$351.30
Aline-CleoMajorBarry Nault*$65,750$109,935154$713.86
CimarronMajorSteve Walker*$50,042$97,666269$363.07
FairviewMajorRoss Burchfield$107,835$139,596732$190.70
RingwoodMajorWade Detrick$85,000$98,793414$238.63
KingstonMarshallRonald Whipkey$105,000$119,620 1,209 $98.94
MadillMarshallJon Tuck$86,506$137,206 1,735 $79.08
AdairMayesTom Linihan$100,000$115,105 1,036 $111.11
Chouteau-MazieMayesKenneth Mason$105,000$123,441890$138.70
Locust GroveMayesLori Helton$100,000$114,888 1,490 $77.11
OsageMayesMelinda Fink*$45,090$77,628128$606.47
PryorMayesDonald Raleigh$152,308$174,279 2,769 $62.94
SalinaMayesTony Thomas$94,456$110,473826$133.74
SpavinawMayesChristine Midgley*$41,000$68,00081$839.51
WickliffeMayesTeresia Knott*$49,000$86,139116$742.58
BlanchardMcClainJames Beckham$120,400$157,763 1,942 $81.24
DibbleMcClainJon Clanton$79,000$92,139654$140.89
NewcastleMcClainPatrick O'Brien$112,500$153,454 2,110 $72.73
PurcellMcClainSteve Merlin**$101,232$101,232 1,447 $69.96
WashingtonMcClainAlois Brewer$90,529$103,195 1,004 $102.78
WayneMcClainDavid Powell$117,931$140,182535$262.02
BattiestMcCurtainStace Ebert$80,000$94,733278$340.77
Broken BowMcCurtainCarla Ellisor$93,585$116,124 1,700 $68.31
DenisonMcCurtainJordan Hill*$51,429$74,175325$228.23
EagletownMcCurtainBrian Armstrong*$46,800$90,972149$610.55
Forest GroveMcCurtainJohn Smith*$47,400$94,007178$528.13
GloverMcCurtainTanya Whisenhunt*$33,600$63,56159$1,077.31
HaworthMcCurtainTed Brewer$77,152$94,006583$161.25
Holly CreekMcCurtainHarvey Brumley*$44,583$86,981225$386.58
IdabelMcCurtainDouglas Brown$103,437$127,423 1,250 $101.94
LukfataMcCurtainKurt Neal*$46,294$94,000373$252.01
SmithvilleMcCurtainDelbert McBroom*$87,050$101,059279$362.22
ValliantMcCurtainCraig Wall$105,325$111,683896$124.65
Wright CityMcCurtainRonald Hawkins$80,962$87,198463$188.33
ChecotahMcIntoshJanet Blocker$108,882$124,314 1,561 $79.64
EufaulaMcIntoshJeanette Smith$100,000$123,894 1,184 $104.64
HannaMcIntoshRichard Boatright$43,950$76,502113$677.01
MidwayMcIntoshBruce Douglas*$60,000$83,432235$355.03
RyalMcIntoshNancy Maxwell-Vaughn*$24,613$77,49961$1,270.48
StidhamMcIntoshDanny Williams*$45,000$60,000104$576.92
DavisMurrayDavid Garrison$104,740$113,293 1,076 $105.29
SulphurMurrayGary Jones$100,000$113,740 1,564 $72.72
BraggsMuskogeeMichael Broyles*$83,000$103,649194$534.27
Fort GibsonMuskogeeDerald Glover$125,270$140,656 1,855 $75.83
HaskellMuskogeeDoyle Bates$108,000$115,608836$138.29
HilldaleMuskogeeKaylin Coody$114,400$138,107 1,872 $73.78
MuskogeeMuskogeeMichael Garde$148,900$167,056 6,098 $27.40
OktahaMuskogeeJerry Needham$125,000$140,950745$189.19
PorumMuskogeeCurtis Curry$79,989$96,885503$192.61
WainwrightMuskogeeJimmy Ogden*$49,815$96,74098$987.14
WarnerMuskogeeDavid Vinson$96,800$116,216792$146.74
Webbers FallsMuskogeeDixie Swearingen$88,028$95,329289$329.86
BillingsNobleRustin Clark*$41,100$61,69383$743.29
FrontierNobleTracy Kincannon$94,444$103,358392$263.67
MorrisonNobleJames Vernon$86,420$92,578571$162.13
PerryNobleAllen Chenoweth$91,400$107,287 1,196 $89.70
NowataNowataLeon Ashlock$90,000$112,392959$117.20
Oklahoma UnionNowataKevin Stacy$88,750$98,450661$148.94
South CoffeyvilleNowataClemo Haddox$68,650$80,262264$304.02
BeardenOkfuskeeDanielle Deere*$33,000$61,54295$647.81
Graham-DustinOkfuskeeDusty Chancey$91,200$103,820186$558.17
MasonOkfuskeeJerry Bogle$69,500$98,261294$334.22
OkemahOkfuskeeTony Dean$106,974$116,126855$135.82
PadenOkfuskeeMichelle Stiles$70,000$70,500266$265.04
WeleetkaOkfuskeeChris Carter*$81,583$92,679447$207.34
Able Charter Able LearningOklahomaKenneth Kuczynski*$2,700$7,21455$131.16
Astec ChartersOklahomaFreda Deskin$66,125$72,510928$78.14
BethanyOklahomaA Shellenberger$126,068$136,329 1,718 $79.35
Choctaw-Nicoma ParkOklahomaJim McCharen$151,000$167,559 5,671 $29.55
Crooked OakOklahomaBradley Richards$134,660$161,680 1,228 $131.66
CrutchoOklahomaTeresa McAfee$90,500$104,191407$256.00
Deer CreekOklahomaRanet Tippens$153,000$171,296 5,628 $30.44
EdmondOklahomaBret Towne$145,931$162,993 23,994 $6.79
HarrahOklahomaPaul Blessington$98,750$119,021 2,134 $55.77
JonesOklahomaCarl Johnson$97,303$109,174 1,136 $96.10
LutherOklahomaSheldon Buxton$90,000$96,657886$109.09
Midwest City-Del CityOklahomaRichard Cobb***$139,711$157,056 14,574 $10.78
MillwoodOklahomaCecilia Robinson$118,320$129,969926$140.36
OakdaleOklahomaKim Lanier*$81,025$131,820618$213.30
Oklahoma CityOklahomaRobert Neu$240,000$275,000 45,577 $6.03
Putnam CityOklahomaFred Rhodes$169,060$188,012 19,365 $9.71
Santa Fe South ES (Charter)OklahomaChristopher Brewster$56,679$61,544721$85.36
Western HeightsOklahomaBilly Kitchens$15,480$21,473 3,852 $5.57
BeggsOkmulgeeRonald Martin*$95,866$119,776 1,130 $106.00
DewarOkmulgeeTodd Been*$59,262$117,044433$270.31
HenryettaOkmulgeeDwayne Noble$102,000$102,480 1,252 $81.85
MorrisOkmulgeeJames Lyons$99,925$122,035 1,084 $112.58
OkmulgeeOkmulgeeTod Williams$117,635$129,719 1,551 $83.64
PrestonOkmulgeeHenry Hudson$102,200$127,740598$213.61
SchulterOkmulgeeAllen Callahan*$34,169$80,495137$587.55
Twin HillsOkmulgeeGary McElroy*$65,266$103,605354$292.67
WilsonOkmulgeeAndrea James*$47,501$71,849236$304.44
AndersonOsageBrett Banker$82,400$94,215282$334.10
AvantOsageMichael Young*$33,600$68,14278$873.62
BarnsdallOsageRick Loggins$89,633$97,390433$224.92
BowringOsageNicole Hinkle*$18,833$64,34478$824.92
HominyOsageRussell Hull$96,950$118,970601$197.95
McCordOsageBoyd Braden*$40,183$92,860285$325.82
Osage HillsOsageJeannie O'Daniel*$38,250$70,647154$458.75
PawhuskaOsageJr Bobby Berry$97,928$111,784813$137.50
PrueOsageTommy Scully*$99,000$134,331343$391.64
ShidlerOsageJohn Herzig$76,000$86,944236$368.41
WoodlandOsageJames Kimrey$96,120$110,831433$255.96
WynonaOsageShelly Shulanberger*$39,000$69,893110$635.39
AftonOttawaRandy Gardner$87,600$101,687555$183.22
CommerceOttawaJimmy Haynes$86,788$100,489890$112.91
FairlandOttawaMark Alexander$77,278$89,539638$140.34
MiamiOttawaTerry James**$133,908$133,908 2,387 $56.10
QuapawOttawaRandy Darr$90,000$108,586642$169.14
Turkey FordOttawaTamyra Larson*$39,223$77,09393$828.96
WyandotteOttawaDennis Gray$86,165$105,447808$130.50
ClevelandPawneeAaron Espolt$102,475$126,207 1,687 $74.81
JenningsPawneeChristopher Ballenger*$48,000$97,499216$451.38
PawneePawneeNed Williams$110,892$136,230716$190.27
CushingPayneKoln Knight$112,039$126,917 1,851 $68.57
GlencoePayneJohn Lazenby*$101,235$125,178355$352.61
Oak GrovePayneJonathan Aven*$70,000$89,478173$517.21
Perkins-TryonPayneJames Ramsey$108,550$123,165 1,543 $79.82
RipleyPayneKenneth Beams$110,735$131,170487$269.34
StillwaterPayneNancy Gay Washington* ***$28,000$160,456 6,192 $25.91
YalePayneDale Bledsoe*$81,500$97,317431$225.79
CanadianPittsburgRodney Karch$96,900$117,176469$249.84
CrowderPittsburgRobert Florenzano$80,000$147,726483$305.85
Frink-ChambersPittsburgCharles Peckio*$69,118$102,337445$229.97
HaileyvillePittsburgRoger Hemphill*$88,812$112,363350$321.04
HartshornePittsburgMark Ichord$105,795$121,260802$151.20
HaywoodPittsburgPhillip Rattan*$45,000$87,520131$668.09
IndianolaPittsburgMark Baumann*$46,920$89,726221$406.00
KiowaPittsburgRicky Pool$85,956$107,044313$341.99
KrebsPittsburgPatrick Turner*$51,000$98,762412$239.71
McAlesterPittsburgMarsha Gore$123,085$139,593 3,126 $44.66
PittsburgPittsburgChad Graham*$70,097$94,505162$583.36
QuintonPittsburgDonald Cox$92,295$106,159475$223.49
SavannaPittsburgGary Reeder*$69,666$90,665372$243.72
TannehillPittsburgJohn Wilcox*$37,900$82,960168$493.81
AdaPontotocPatrick Harrison$112,675$127,889 2,688 $47.58
AllenPontotocBob Gragg**$98,991$98,991501$197.59
ByngPontotocRodney Crabtree$98,248$111,636 1,834 $60.87
LattaPontotocErnest Johnson$105,756$111,941876$127.79
RoffPontotocChristopher Morgan$80,000$92,493333$277.76
StonewallPontotocKevin Flowers$107,970$115,645479$241.43
VanossPontotocMarjana Tharp$80,000$93,153563$165.46
AsherPottawatomieTerry Grissom$87,900$101,746257$395.90
BethelPottawatomieJerry Johnson$97,370$111,739 1,345 $83.08
DalePottawatomieCharles Dickinson$100,512$116,440769$151.42
EarlsboroPottawatomieMark Maloy$70,000$82,028250$328.11
GrovePottawatomieSheril Payne*$51,916$121,258461$263.03
MacombPottawatomieMatthew Riggs*$49,427$76,781297$258.52
MaudPottawatomieJerry McCormick$90,000$103,385323$320.08
McLoudPottawatomieDoran Smith$95,172$120,367 1,889 $63.72
North Rock CreekPottawatomieBlake Moody$94,374$107,909590$182.90
Pleasant GrovePottawatomieScott Roper*$49,000$83,340298$279.66
ShawneePottawatomieGlenn Moore$117,827$140,656 3,915 $35.93
South Rock CreekPottawatomieMichael Crawford$75,500$89,005403$220.86
TecumsehPottawatomieJohn Wilsie$99,704$121,180 2,226 $54.44
WanettePottawatomieCrystal Shaw*$56,519$70,875177$400.42
AlbionPushmatahaCharles Bullard*$39,000$78,06773$1,069.41
AntlersPushmatahaCary Ammons$71,800$96,797 1,024 $94.53
ClaytonPushmatahaRandall Erwin$86,400$94,035297$316.62
MoyersPushmatahaDonna Dudley*$40,558$74,079208$356.15
NashobaPushmatahaCharles Caughern*$42,000$70,52162$1,137.44
RattanPushmatahaShari Pillow$92,000$98,211499$196.82
TuskahomaPushmatahaBarry Simpson*$24,800$74,47197$767.74
CheyenneRoger MillsRichard Garrison$101,790$119,884355$337.70
HammonRoger MillsWade Stafford$96,352$113,005261$432.97
LeedeyRoger MillsRusty Puffinbarger$93,500$107,146233$459.85
ReydonRoger MillsPhillip Drouhard$98,000$114,646126$909.89
SweetwaterRoger MillsCasey Reed*$61,275$115,568138$837.45
CatoosaRogersRichard Kibbe$132,925$145,599 2,108 $69.07
ChelseaRogersRichard McSpadden$95,933$115,239943$122.20
ClaremoreRogersJohn McClaren$134,786$147,174 4,015 $36.66
FoyilRogersRodney Carter$82,930$95,165526$180.92
InolaRogersLloyd Holbrook$106,755$115,156 1,364 $84.43
Justus-TiawahRogersSamuel Garroutte*$64,640$113,533519$218.75
Oologah-TalalaRogersMax Tanner$129,660$139,420 1,808 $77.11
SequoyahRogersTerry Saul$110,058$125,138 1,356 $92.28
VerdigrisRogersMichael Payne$98,000$113,317 1,282 $88.39
BowlegsSeminoleTommy Eaton$85,000$98,580278$354.60
ButnerSeminoleCarolyn Parris$75,000$87,116240$362.98
JusticeSeminoleChristopher Bryan*$46,800$94,007187$502.71
KonawaSeminoleAndrew Gower$102,000$109,140723$150.95
New LimaSeminoleGilford Turpin$69,600$79,892329$242.83
SasakwaSeminoleKyle Wilson*$66,429$89,784214$419.55
SeminoleSeminoleBen Weldon**$138,000$138,000 1,783 $77.40
StrotherSeminoleChad Broughton$87,000$102,213433$236.06
VarnumSeminoleDavid Brewer$98,530$108,471287$377.95
WewokaSeminolePatrick Gaines$95,365$120,358728$165.33
BelfonteSequoyahPaul Pinkerton*$53,280$101,203207$488.90
BrushySequoyahGregory Reynolds*$55,850$99,832403$247.72
CentralSequoyahLarry Henson$96,610$103,882505$205.71
GansSequoyahLarry Calloway$69,500$80,358437$183.89
GoreSequoyahLucky McCrary$90,640$123,183449$274.35
LibertySequoyahJeffery Ransom*$52,504$103,107288$358.01
Marble CitySequoyahBilly London*$51,720$86,200135$638.52
MoffettSequoyahJimmie Owens$61,250$101,263382$265.09
MuldrowSequoyahRonal Flanagan$111,100$117,575 1,483 $79.28
RolandSequoyahPaul Wood$102,993$110,745 1,042 $106.28
SallisawSequoyahScott Farmer$103,933$110,355 2,025 $54.50
VianSequoyahVictor Salcedo$100,000$113,910971$117.31
Bray-DoyleStephensDavid Eads$84,160$97,305365$266.59
Central HighStephensBennie Newton$87,500$100,648413$243.70
ComancheStephensTerry Davidson$30,000$36,970 1,025 $36.07
DuncanStephensMelonie Hau$125,560$148,757 3,740 $39.77
EmpireStephensVicki Davison$84,285$98,938500$197.88
GrandviewStephensGary Wade*$20,000$58,053141$411.72
MarlowStephensGeorge Coffman$105,000$121,422 1,441 $84.26
Velma-AlmaStephensRaymond Rice$84,200$98,196485$202.47
GoodwellTexasFreida Burgess*$45,355$52,495239$219.64
GuymonTexasDouglas Melton$115,011$133,771 3,018 $44.32
HardestyTexasGregory Faris*$42,930$91,01291$1,000.13
HookerTexasDaniel Faulkner$100,100$107,635681$158.05
OptimaTexasHorace Hale*$36,000$57,60069$834.78
StraightTexasSteven Baird*$37,800$67,51241$1,646.63
TexhomaTexasTom Schroeder$85,000$102,313305$335.45
TyroneTexasJoshua Bell*$79,579$97,822243$402.56
YarbroughTexasJim Wiggin*$50,575$85,56291$940.24
DavidsonTillmanPhillip Ratcliff*$5,400$13,59865$209.20
FrederickTillmanGlenn Vanderburg$95,275$109,977863$127.44
GrandfieldTillmanEva Spaulding$82,950$96,740247$391.66
TiptonTillmanMax Boothe*$75,119$105,039266$394.88
BerryhillTulsaMichael Campbell$114,693$130,666 1,258 $103.87
BixbyTulsaRobert Wood$149,800$167,700 6,046 $27.74
Broken ArrowTulsaJarod Mendenhall$172,487$214,288 18,868 $11.36
CollinsvilleTulsaLance West$124,314$135,605 2,712 $50.00
Discovery Schools Of TulsaTulsaUmit Alpaslan$30,000$30,000 1,056 $28.41
GlenpoolTulsaJerry Olansen$115,000$130,947 2,695 $48.59
JenksTulsaStacey Butterfield$161,585$223,056 11,633 $19.17
KeystoneTulsaRhett Bynum*$50,000$91,805297$309.11
LibertyTulsaDonna Campo$106,975$115,906540$214.64
OwassoTulsaClark Ogilvie$155,074$195,930 9,711 $20.18
Sand SpringsTulsaLloyd Snow$125,000$184,921 5,254 $35.20
SkiatookTulsaRicky Thomas$125,800$146,630 2,537 $57.80
SperryTulsaBrian Beagles$103,760$131,613 1,197 $109.95
TulsaTulsaDeborah Gist$175,346$217,806 40,867 $5.33
UnionTulsaKirtis Hartzler$157,157$238,728 16,006 $14.91
CowetaWagonerJeffrey Holmes$110,772$133,003 3,282 $40.52
OkayWagonerCharles McMahan*$84,500$103,181387$266.62
Porter ConsolidatedWagonerMark Fenton$109,944$130,411559$233.29
WagonerWagonerRandy Harris$118,413$118,413 2,349 $50.41
BartlesvilleWashingtonGary Quinn$131,946$145,627 6,099 $23.88
Caney ValleyWashingtonRick Peters$103,168$117,602793$148.30
CopanWashingtonRicky Ruckman$100,982$108,583216$502.70
DeweyWashingtonDavid Wilkins$112,000$126,874 1,264 $100.38
Burns Flat-Dill CityWashitaRon Hughes$90,365$103,611633$163.68
CanuteWashitaLarry Parrish$80,000$92,631443$209.10
CordellWashitaJames Overton$112,072$126,950749$169.49
SentinelWashitaJason Goostree$86,000$99,476351$283.41
AlvaWoodsJames Parkhurst$104,500$120,406 1,019 $118.16
FreedomWoodsDanny McCuiston*$46,725$76,04878$974.97
WaynokaWoodsLoren Tackett*$97,000$116,846262$445.98
Fort SupplyWoodwardMelva Little$87,000$93,554147$636.42
MoorelandWoodwardTerry Kellner$115,515$130,654540$241.95
Sharon-MutualWoodwardJeffrey Thompson$93,150$108,871308$353.48
WoodwardWoodwardKyle Reynolds$115,479$131,151 2,945 $44.53

Note: An earlier version of this table contained incorrect numbers for several school districts, including Idabel Public Schools.

  • Paul Walsh

    A really telling stat would be to see how many of these are former coaches. The ‘good ole boy’ system is alive and well.

  • Deborah Lobdell Brooks, Ed. D.

    As an educator and former school principal, it seems important to bring some facts to light. In a small school district, a Superintendent may serve multiple roles. They may also be a principal, teacher, or substitute teacher. A Superintendent is responsible for the fiscal and policy management of all their schools, teachers, and students, much like a hospital CEO. A principal is responsible for the fiscal, personnel, and student supervision/employment/management, more like a family physician. A superintendent oversee the entire district, where a principal is on the ground person to person. When these roles are combined, it is an enormous task; whereby you see great disparity of salary. Salaries are also impacted by the resources of the community, it’s wealth, and it’s priorities. For example, going to your family doctor for normal issues might result in $1000. a year in expenses. That Doctor sees approximately 32 patients per day, with an average of $100. Fee. Accounting for holidays, imagine the average Doctor sees patients 50 weeks a year or 250 days x 32 patients x $100. = $800,000.
    In Oklahoma, the average principal with 350 students per day, it’s 20 teachers, 15 Support Staff Members, and 1000 parents, working 250 days or less, might earn $65,000. The average Superintendent, overseeing 1000 students, 3 Principals, 6 Counselors, 40 Teachers, 75 Support Staff Members, and 3000 Parents may average as little as $8.00 per student to, as much as, $800. per Student depending on how many hats they are wearing! Oklahoma values their administrators just as cheaply as it does its teachers.

    • Angela johnson

      Just curious why, in your examples, there are 3 times as many parents as students. You cite 350 students and 1000 parents. In another, you cute 1000 students and 3000 parents.
      The article does say that many of the superintendents perform more than 1 role and that pay is included in their stated salary.
      There is no reason for Oklahoma to have this many superintendents. Many of these school districts only have 1 school. For example, Bridge creek, Tuttle, Blanchard, middleberg, dibble, Eufaula, Canadian, Alex, friend-all one school (elementary, middle, high school). They’re not spread out. In fact, 30 of these superintendents oversee less than 100 students! Another 64 school districts have less than 200 students. 94 school districts (each with a superintendent) have fewer than 200students each! Huge waste of money!

  • Kthompson

    Family physicians are not making that much money. Some are not making more than 150,000 a year and they went to school 12-13 years. Really no comparison.

    • Cass Davis

      Couldn’t have said that better

    • jz

      Many Superintendents have doctoral degrees and often several masters degrees in content areas, curriculum & instruction, or administration. They have often spent more time in school than doctors or any other profession.

      • EZ

        So have teachers.

      • http://what? Colonel Robert A. Fairbanks, USAF

        So what! And, your claim that superintendents have more time in school than “doctors or any other professions” is a lie or the product of ignorance.
        retired superintendent, principal, and teacher.

  • Gayle Holman

    Can you also include career tech superintendents’ salaries and benefits as a comparison?

  • Brandy

    In the private sector, a president of a company with 1,000 employees would scoff at some of these salaries. Educators deserve to be fairly compensated for their important work. Superintendents “manage” everyone and everything within a school district, ideally with love and support (a unnecessary function of a manager in the private world.) I would not want this responsibility and burden. I’d love to see compensation raise across the board in education in order to make this a viable career for many talented people who desire a career full of rewards, both emotionally and financially. Imagine the gains in our student achievement if we had the very best teachers, not only the ones who feels the financial sacrifice of teaching is worth the reward of guiding our most important assets (the kids.)

  • Tony Crisp

    This can be compared to the fleecing of America but the Oklahoma version. It’s a real crime what is going on in Oklahoma right now.

  • Jeannie O’Daniel

    It would be helpful to know how many Assistant Superintendents, Directors, etc. there are in each of these large districts. In a small district the superintendent does all of those things. It’s comparing apples and oranges here. Very misleading.

  • Chris

    Aline-Cleo’s is way over payed

  • Appalled teacher

    When I see the salaries of superintendents who do not fight for decent salaries for their teachers, add millions of dollars in administrative salaries to their school budgets and refuse to cut the positions of the staff who are not in the schools across the district trying to make a difference in students lives, I ask myself why?? Any superintendent and the board that hired him or her should be ashamed of themselves. Obviously, neither have a conscience and care nothing about children because if they did the district would be looking at ways to keep great principals, teachers and support staff so the educational process is not destroyed for the students who will one day take their places. My question to the guilty parties is: How do you sleep at night and live with yourself knowing fully well what you are doing?

  • thetruth

    It would be very interesting to get the pay of directors for charter schools (like their executives of the organization) and for those of alternative schools in Tulsa.

  • DSchaer

    Siano’s takes the cake. What is the median household income in some of these small towns? These are crazy salaries for such small districts, I don’t care if they are also the janitor.

  • Neil Lynn

    Thank you for this work. It points out the waste in the community based school system. I think school districts within a county should be required to consolidate under a county wide school system. School districts with total enrollment of over a number determined from a cost-benefit analysis would be allowed to remain as independent school districts. Smaller School Districts within a county with a large independent district would be given the option to either merge with the large district or merge with a number of smaller districts within the county if they could reach or come close to the required number for independent status. Attention could be given to allow small rural districts to merge with other similar districts to preserve the nature of the school district.

  • George Johnson

    What’s the point of this story? How long have have some of these superintendents been employed? What other factors are in this equation that we don’t know about?