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Policy Analysis | October 25, 2010

State Policy on Compensation for Chief State School Officer

Jonathan Watts Hull

  • State‐Policy, if any
  • Alabama‐No statutory policy
  • Arkansas‐Arkansas establishes the compensation for the Commissioner of the Department of Education through the appropriations process.
  • Georgia‐Georgia sets the salary for the state School Superintendent statutorily ($102,708 for FY2010).
  • Kentucky‐Compensation is set by the state board of education.
  • Mississippi‐Mississippi sets compensation of the state superintendent of schools at 90 percent of the compensation for the state commissioner of institutions of higher education MS Code 37-3-9), which is in turn set by the state board of trustees of state institutions of higher learning (MS Code 37-101-7). The current salary for the state superintendent of schools is $307,125.
  • North Carolina‐Salaries for state elected officials in the Council of State, which includes the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, are set by statute. For the current fiscal year, the amount remains unchanged since the 2008-2009 budget, at $123,198 annually
  • Oklahoma‐In a roundabout way the salary for the super is statutorily set, but the position is elected. Oklahoma Statute 74-250.4 establishes salary limits for all state elected officials. Under 74-250.4.4, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction is to receive a salary equal to the salary received by a district judge. District judge salaries are set by the state Board on Judicial Compensation.
  • South Carolina‐South Carolina establishes the salary of the state Superintendent of Schools through statute (Title I, Article 19, section 1-1-1210). The current salary is set at $85,000.
  • Tennessee ‐The Governor sets the salary of the Commissioners set up in classes. Our constitutional officers are paid the same amount as the top tier of commissioners. The top tier includes Education, Transportation, Finance and Administration.