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Mississippi governor is far from state’s highest paid public official

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Graph by Steve Wilson

WHO GETS PAID: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes less than the state superintendent of education, six deputy superintendents and 36 local school district superintendents.

 

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.

Photo by Steve Wilson

OUTPAID: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes $122,160 per year, which is less than what 36 school district superintendents make per year.

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 state’s highest-paid mayor is Southaven’s Darren Musselwhite, with a $150,000 salary. City administrator Christopher Wilson’s salary is also larger than Bryant at $138,000 per year.

Related: Suburban mayor paid more than Mississippi governor

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.

Related: Is Mississippi getting its money’s worth from nation’s highest paid education chief?

Meanwhile, the median annual wage in Mississippi is $37,620.

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Steve Wilson is the Mississippi reporter for Watchdog.org. Beginning his career as a sports writer, he has worked for the Mobile Press-Register (Ala.), the LaGrange Daily News (Ga.), Highlands Today (Fla.),McComb Enterprise-Journal (Miss.), the Biloxi Sun Herald(Miss.) and the Vicksburg Post (Miss.) Steve's work has appeared on Fox News, the Huffington Post and the Daily Signal. His bachelor's degree is in journalism with a minor in political science from the University of Alabama. Steve is also a member of the Mississippi Press Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.