Education Week: Ybarra salary ranks No. 45 in nation

Have you ever wondered how state superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s salary stacks up against her peers?

Wonder no more.

Education Week produced a fascinating comparison of state superintendents’ salaries.

The takeaways:

  • At $105,771, Ybarra’s annual salary ranks No. 45 among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. By comparison, Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright earns the highest salary in the nation, at $300,000, while Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas trails all her peers with a salary of $85,000.
  • Ybarra’s pay compares a little bit more favorably with her fellow elected superintendents, who earn an average salary of $115,000. Gubernatorial or board-appointed school chiefs earn $158,000 and $223,000, respectively.
  • Twenty-seven school district superintendents earned more than Ybarra did in 2016-17. But that’s not unusual. In only nine states did the state superintendent out-earn the chief of the state’s largest school district. Mary Ann Ranells — superintendent of the West Ada School District, Idaho’s largest — received $162,000 in 2016-17. Blaine County’s GwenCarol Holmes received the highest superintendent’s salary in the state, at $173,880. Click here for more information on the 2016-17 salaries of Idaho superintendents, administrators and teachers.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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