TRACK THE CASH
Wisconsin’s premier database for public employee payroll and benefit data keeps getting better. With the addition of 2011 figures, WIOpenGov.org now has 17 years of compensation data for all K-12 school districts in the state.
*The new data provides some shocking news, including the fact that 11,469 Wisconsin public school employees will take home more than $100,000 in pay and benefits in 2011.
*Overall compensation increased $177million from 2010 to 2011 from $5.972 billion to $6.149 billion.
*The highest compensated school employee in Wisconsin is Gregory Thorton, the Superintendent of the Milwaukee Public Schools. His $265,000 salary is augmented with $77,398 in fringe benefits, for a total annual compensation package $342,398.
*Thorton’s compensation exceeded Madison Superintendent Dan Nerad’s by more than $80,000. Nerad, number two on the list, makes $201,438 and coupled with his $58,034 in fringe benefits, his total compensation package was $259,472.