WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – As schools re-open for the year, we took a closer look at the salaries of area superintendents.
Superintendents' base pay is set using a state formula that includes their credentials and the enrollment in their districts.
They also receive supplements from their local boards of education.
The highest paid superintendent in the region is Tim Markley in New Hanover County, who makes $200,000. The enrollment in his district, more than 25,000, is also the highest.
On the other end of the scale is Alan Faulk, superintendent of Columbus County Schools, who earns $123,864. He makes the least compared with his area peers, even though his district is larger than Bladen County and Whiteville City Schools.
Dividing the superintendents' salaries by the number of students enrolled in their districts shows that the larger the school system, the less money a superintendent makes per child.
On the bottom end of that scale is Markley in New Hanover County, whose pay equals nearly $8 per student.
Dr. Tom Hagar, who leads Whiteville City Schools, the smallest district in the area, makes almost $65 for each child enrolled.
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