Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes $122,160 per year, but even that salary pales in comparison with some other state and local officials. In fact, the governor is only the 31st highest paid among state executives.
Thirty-six school superintendents make more than the governor, according to See the School Spending, a website from the conservative-leaning Mississippi Center for Public Policy. The site takes data from the Mississippi Department of Education and places it into an interactive, sortable form.
Jackson Public Schools superintendent Cedrick Gray is the state’s highest-paid district boss, making $205,000 per year after he was given a $5,000 raise last year.
The Mississippi Department of Education’s chief administrator, state superintendent Carey Wright, is the highest paid education leader in the nation, making $307,000. Also at the MDE, all six deputy superintendents boast larger compensation than the governor. Their salaries range of $128,000 to more than $224,000. The state’s accountability director, Sonya Amis, earned a salary of slightly more than $128,000.
Meanwhile, the median annual wage in Mississippi is $37,620.