The $100K club: hundreds of K-12 employees make six-figure salaries

About 1% of Idaho’s K-12 educators earn a six-figure salary.

In all, 401 of the state’s public school employees bring home $100,000 or more per year, state data shows.

Almost 90% of those — 357 — are certified staffers: principals, superintendents and other K-12 employees who need a certificate or licensure to do their jobs. The remaining 44 are classified staff whose roles don’t require certification and who fill positions from business managers to communications directors.

Idaho has about 22,000 certified public K-12 employees, and about 18,000 who are classified.

As EdNews’ most recent administrative salary tally shows, top K-12 earnings vary greatly. The state’s Top 10 earners — nine superintendents and one charter school administrator — each made at least $155,000 a year in 2021-22. Yet many administrators don’t crack the $100,000 mark, and at least four from 2021-22’s $100,000 Club barely made the list, at a flat $100,000 a year.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little and state superintendent Sherri Ybarra earn $138,302 and $117,556, respectively.

Some districts have dozens of employees in the $100,000 Club, with Boise topping the list at over 90. Here’s the top five districts:

  • Boise: 91
  • West Ada: 57
  • Bonneville: 19
  • Blaine County: 17
  • Pocatello-Chubbuck: 16

Click here for a statewide list of school employees making $100,000 or more. NOTE: this list compares salaries from the 2021-22 school year. Some have since changed. West Ada superintendent Derek Bub’s salary jumped from $175,000 to $210,000 this school year, and Boise superintendent Coby Dennis’ salary went from $183,604 to $191,866.

Devin Bodkin

Devin Bodkin

EdNews assistant editor and reporter Devin Bodkin is a former high school English teacher who specializes in stories about charter schools and educating students who live in poverty. He lives and works in East Idaho. Follow Devin on Twitter @dsbodkin. He can be reached by email at [email protected].

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