Sacramento school superintendent salaries soar, some higher than university leaders

Sacramento school superintendent salaries have exploded in recent years, growing to challenge the paychecks of university presidents.

Locally, superintendent salaries range from $240,000 for Sarah Koligian in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, which has 20,353 students, to $330,951 for Christopher Hoffman, who leads the region’s largest school district, Elk Grove Unified, with 63,297 students, according to 2017-18 state enrollment figures.

Hoffman’s pay is more than the salary of President Robert Nelsen of Sacramento State, who is paid $324,029. The California State University campus serves 29,000 students.

“The public today is being convinced by board members and the private sector that these organizations are very large enterprises and that the people who head them should be compensated like the CEOs of a corporation,” said James Finkelstein, a professor emeritus in the policy and government school at George Mason University.

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