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Central Texas Superintendent Salaries Per Enrolled Student

With Central Texas superintendents shedding portions of their salaries to share the pain of public school cuts, we thought it would be interesting to compare their base salaries. We then broke it down on a dollar per student basis.  Continue reading for an interactive graph. It's not an entirely fair comparison, because even the Texas educational system recognizes different students cost different amounts of money to educate.  Classrooms in Texas are funded on the basis of "weighted" students. For example, a pregnant or low income student will be funded at a higher level than a standard student. Moreover, school districts receive different amounts of money for that standard student.

But it is probably somewhat helpful to know that while Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen has the highest base salary of any superintendent in Central Texas at $283,000 - according to numbers provided by the Texas Education Agency - she also makes the least per enrolled student at $3.31. 

Meanwhile, Wimberley ISD's Dwain York earns substantially less base pay at $120,500. But on a per student basis, he earns $51.98.

To find out a superintendent's salary per enrolled student, just click on their name in the first chart, and it will display in the graph below. We included all Central Texas superintendents with school district enrollment of 2,000 students or more.  

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Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.
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