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How Much Do School Administrators Make?

Use this database to see how Hamilton salaries compare, or which school administrators are the highest and lowest paid throughout the state of Wisconsin.

During the 2011-12 school year, Hamilton School District Administrator Kathleen Cooke made $163,531, compensation comparable to her counterparts in area school districts, according to salary information released on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website.

Cooke made slightly more than Phil Ertl, the Wauwatosa school District Superintendent, who earned $157,440 last year. Ertl, however, received a 4 percent raise in October, bringing his salary to $163,738.

In the Elmbrook School District, District Administrator Matthew Gibson, who retired in June, made $158,368 for the 2011-2012 school year.

One difference among the school district are their size. Hamilton has 4,652 students while Elmbrook had a projected total enrollment this year of 6,455 students, comparable in size but slightly smaller than Wauwatosa’s 7,133.

To find a larger district with a lower-paid administrator, one need look no farther than the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, reporting enrollment of 9,281. There, Superintendent Kurt Wachholz last year made $148,020, well below his counterparts in smaller but more affluent communities.

The database tool also lets you look at other administrative positions for comparison. This database will allow you to search administrative salaries only in the 424 public districts statewide.

School districts across the state saw a larger than usual cut in staffing in the 2011-12 school year than in year's past, according to a press release from the DPI, with 2,312 positions being eliminated and 60 percent of those spots being teacher jobs.

"The 2011-13 state budget made historically high cuts to education funding," the press release said. "General school aids were cut by $749 million and the per pupil revenue limit was reduced by $1.6 billion from prior law. These large reductions accelerated the budget and staffing cuts many districts have been making over the years."

Tia November 21, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Oh my, Thanks for sharing this info with the public. I am shocked to see that the principal of Willow gets far less than the rest in the district, being a Dr. I would have expected much more. Wondering what is all included in their fringe benefits? I work all year long for this salary, working weekends, holidays,etc. busting my butt, saving your life, plus I pay for my own health insurance. I should have become a teacher instead.
DM November 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Does the salary include the fringe benefits, or is the salary the straight wages, and the fringes are separate? In either case, I don't begrudge folks who are running multi- million dollar operations that involve the education and welfare of our children. Such a salary wouldn't be out of line if they were the CEO of a multi-million dollar industry producing widgets, so I think our kids are at least as worthy of well paid talent.
Resident November 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM
You do realize that Willow Springs is only 4k -- all other HSD elementary schools are 5K-5th Grade.

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