PITTSBURGH – In 2011, a Pittsburgh media outlet ran a story reporting that “pay and compensation for school superintendents in the region is on the rise.”
It would be interesting to see an updated version of that media report, because Lane left that $200,000 figure in the dust by the time she retired in June 2016.
Her salary had risen to $245,000 by then, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. And that was after she reportedly turned down a $15,000 raise offered by the school board in 2011, due to budget constraints.
Lane’s final salary included a $10,000 raise that the school board approved for her last six months on the job, apparently to enhance her pension, according to the Post-Gazette.
“The increase will also enhance Mrs. Lane’s pension, which is calculated by the average of the three highest-earning years within the retirement system,” the article said.
So Lane’s base salary rose $45,000 in five short years, according to media reports. But that’s not the bottom line. School superintendents always cost employers significantly more than their base salaries, and that was certainly the case with Lane.
In response to a public information request, Pittsburgh Public Schools reported that Lane’s annual salary in 2015-16 was $235,000, not the $245,000 reported by the media following her final raise. We’ll go with the school district figure, just to be safe.
Lane was also compensated $16,673 in benefits, and the school district also paid a whopping $60,724 on her behalf in retirement benefits.
That brought her total compensation in 2015-16 to $312,397 — $77,397 more than her base salary.
Pittsburgh teachers made a lot more than meets the eye, as well.
In 2015-16, 1,940 Pittsburgh teachers were paid $145,354,180 in base salary, which averages out to $74,924 per teacher.
They also received $9,421,886 in benefits, for an average of $4,856 per teacher.
The school district also paid a whopping $37,559,520 in retirement benefits on behalf of the teachers, for an average of $19,360 per teacher.
That brought the average teacher compensation to at least $99,140 in 2015-16 — $24,216 more than the average base salary.