Administrator salaries at NY school districts

The New York Department of Education requires school districts to report the salaries and titles of their top administrators based on a threshold it sets each year -- but doesn't release the names. Districts had to report administrators who will earn $130,000 or more for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. The data does not include administrators who earn below the annual threshold. The state also does not require the big 5 city school districts to report their salaries. Some school districts failed to report data. Many districts reported salaries but did not report any benefits.

The report includes three categories of remuneration, defined by the state as follows:

Salaries: The wages budgeted on an annual basis for the position.

Fringe: Fringe benefits are allowances and services provided by employers as compensation in addition to regular salaries and wages. The cost of fringe benefits includes employer contributions for social security, employee life, health, unemployment and worker’s compensation insurance, pension plan costs and other similar benefits allowable under established written policies.

Other: The annualized monetary value of any and all forms of compensation not included under Salaries or Fringe for Type 1 or 2 positions. Examples include (but are not limited to) employer expenses for additional insurance and/or annuities, housing allowance, moving allowance, the personal use of a vehicle and/or residence, professional organization membership fees or dues, and other expenses.

Data for previous years is available from the New York Department of Education website at:

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