A research and policy think tank Tuesday released a searchable online database of salaries for school employees throughout upstate New York.
The Empire Center for New York State Policy found that Long Island schools had the highest average pay by region at $73,949 for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2012. The Mohawk Valley had the lowest, $36,394.
A chart in the report shows the trend in average pay over the last four fiscal years. Seven regions average pay increased over the four-year period while only the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley have decreased average pay over that period, which includes the worst period of the recession.
Scarsdale Union Free Schools in Westchester County had the highest average educator pay in 2011-12, at $115,659.
The highest paid employee is the superintendent of the Rockville Centre Union Free School District, Long Island, Nassau County. William Johnson, hired in 1979, was paid $567,248 in 2011-12, a salary that includes a “lump sum” bonus. He is one of two employees who make more than a half-million dollars, the other being Carole Hankin, superintendent of Syosset Central Schools, also in Nassau County. Hired in 1975, Hankin made $506,015 in the same academic year.
View a summary of their data analysis here: