The Top-Paid School Superintendents in Nassau

Nassau's top earner gets $549K, Mineola Superintendent Michael Nagler's package at $278K.

Mineola Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler during a board of education meeting in January 2012. Photo credit: Geoffrey Walter
Mineola Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler during a board of education meeting in January 2012. Photo credit: Geoffrey Walter
Written by Matthew Hogan

Ever wonder how much superintendents make in Nassau County?

The New York State Education Department recently made available the pay for most of the superintendents in the state.

The highest 10 wages in Nassau County all eclipse $350,000, with one nearly surpassing $550,000.

Mineola Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler is due to earn $210,912 in salary during the 2013-14 school year.

The district reported additional benefits as $52,542 and another $15,000 in other compensation. Total package: $278,454. How does Dr. Nagler stack up to his peers? See the top 10.

School districts throughout New York reported their numbers to the NYSED. Although the data is self-reported by each district and is unaudited, it does “not necessarily represent the whole state as there are districts that are not required to report the data. In addition, some districts may not use certain titles.”

Superintendent wages are broken into three categories and then added together for a grand total. The three categories include “salaries,” “fringe” and “other.”

The NYSED defines the three categories 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.

Highest Paid Superintendents in Nassau County:

  1. Syosset Central School District: $405,244 (salary); $92,018 (fringe); $52,000 (other); $549,262 (total) *Note* - Syosset Superintendent Carole Hankin will retire in October.
  2. Jericho Union Free School District: $288,794; $97,820; $62,011; $448,625
  3. Rockville Centre Union Free School District: $321,712; $88,311; $20,000; $430,023
  4. Hewlett-Woodmere Union Free School District: $310,000; $95,933; $24,047; $429,980
  5. North Shore Central School District: $290,617; $75,227; $26,314; $392,158
  6. Great Neck Union Free School District: $270,000; $80,699; $41,000; $391,699
  7. Locust Valley Central School District: $280,000; $76,866; $15,800; $372,666
  8. Roslyn Union Free School District: $275,940; $74,897; $15,000; $365,837
  9. Garden City Union Free School District: $267,903; $97,273; $0; $365,176
  10. Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District: $265,000; $85,782; $6,000; $356,782


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