The Macinaw Center for Public Policy released a report Wednesday that allows people to access detailed compensation information for superintendents in Michigan school districts.
The online, searchable database lists total compensation information for 606 superintendents including salaries, insurance packages, travel expenses, pensions and annuities. The database also includes a link to individual superintendent contracts.
Each district's superintendent is ranked from 1 to 606 for highest to lowest total compensation.
Trenton and Grosse Ile superintendents, Rod Wakeham and William Eis, are ranked in the top 160 of highest compensated superintendents in Michigan, but are not the highest compensated Downriver, according to the database.
Wakeham receives $174,778 in annual total compensation and Eis receives total compensation of $173,140. Trenton Public Schools and Grosse Ile Township Schools are ranked near the middle of all Downriver schools.
The highest compensated superintendent at a Downriver school district is Carl Weiss at Romulus Community Schools, a district of about 3,684 students, with a total annual compensation of $208,253. Weiss receives $157,399 in annual salary, $17,434 for insurance, $33,420 in pension and $0 in annuity and travel expenses.
Enrollment at Romulus Community Schools is considerably higher than that of Trenton Public Schools and Grosse Ile Township Schools. Trenton's enrollment is 2,751 students, while Grosse Ile's enrollment is 1,847 students.
Dearborn Public Schools has the third highest enrollment of any school in Wayne County, behind the Detroit City School District and Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, with 18,840 students. Dearborn's Superintendent Brian Whiston receives total compensation of $218,355.
While Wakeham and Eis are near the top of the total list of Michigan's highest compensated superintendents, their salaries are very close to the average superintendent's salary in the state. Wakeham's annual salary is $129,000 and Eis' annual salary is $134,000.
The average annual salary for Michigan superintendents is $115,000.
*These numbers represent the worth of each superintendent's total compensation package. Superintendents earn an average salary of $115,000 in Michigan.