Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson makes much more than the average school superintendent in California, according to new data.
In 2015, Hanson – who oversees the fourth largest school system in the state – earned $369,992 in total pay and benefits.
According to new information released Tuesday by Transparent California – the state’s largest database of public pay – the average superintendent in California makes about $200,000 in total compensation. That’s according to a survey of nearly 500 public school superintendents statewide.
The average full-time compensation package for Fresno Unified employees is $85,487.
While Hanson is the highest-paid educator in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley areas, he is the 14th highest-paid superintendent in the state.
$369,992Total pay and benefits FUSD’s Michael Hanson received in 2015
Comparatively, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Michelle King – who oversees the largest district in the state and the second largest in the nation – makes about $400,000 in total pay and benefits. San Diego Unified Superintendent Cynthia Marten, who oversees the second-largest district in the state, made $330,246. Christopher Steinhauser, superintendent of Long Beach Unified – the state’s third largest district – made about $334,000.
Last year, a one-time boost to Hanson’s pay had him ranked as the second-highest-paid educator in the state, according to the Controller’s Office. In 2014, he took home $424,617, which included a $100,000 lump-sum payment that was part of a 2013 settlement with Fresno Unified.
The highest-paid superintendent in California this year was Ontario-Montclair School District leader James Hammond, who received more than $500,000 in pay and benefits. While his regular pay was $260,000, he received $214,000 in “other pay” and about $40,000 in benefits.
Hanson will receive his annual performance evaluation at Wednesday’s school board meeting.
Top K-12 compensation for superintendents in Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley area
- Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson: $369,992
- Elk Grove Superintendent Christopher Hoffman: $353,681
- Sacramento County Office of Education Superintendent David Gordon: $336,490
- Sacramento City Unified Superintendent Jose Banda: $327,211
- San Juan Unified Superintendent Kent Kern: $315,347