The weekly business newspaper says that in Western New York there are 746 teachers or administrators in the $100,000 over club.
"We found that (statewide) there are 43,000 salaries that are roughly, in six figure territory," says Business First Special Projects Editor G. Scott Thomas.
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The only earner ahead of her on the WNY list is Lewiston Porter's Don Rappold, an administrator who retired last year after over 60 years in the district with a 2013 salary of $274, 881.
The list also includes some teachers making over $100,000. For example, a special education teacher in Kenmore Tonawanda, and a technology teacher at Springville Griffith Institute both made over $119,000. A Lancaster music teacher with 30 years in the district made over $118,000. All three eclipsed some of the superintendent salaries on the list.
Thomas says Western New York is not unique, with the majority of the six-figure salaries downstate, a significant finding in a data set that does not include New York City, and therefore includes a higher upstate population.
Once again, Sweet Home is ranked as the local district that pays it's teachers the best, followed by Lackawanna in a Business First analysis of the pay levels in each district. There is nor correlation between district achievement levels and pay, Thomas says.
"As far as academic rankings are concerned they are all over the map as far as teacher pay. Some of the larger, urban districts that don't do particularly well when we rank academic performance-- which we will be doing later this month- do very well in terms of teacher pay. It may be the strength of the union, it may be longevity of the employees. I'm sure there are a lot of factors," he says
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|Salaries of the 43,000 educators across the state who are paid $100,000 or more:
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|Teacher Pay Ratings for the 98 Districts In WNY
1. Sweet Home
4. Niagara Falls
|Six Figure Salaries Region-by-Region NYS public schools outside NYC
Downstate (without NYC): 40,379
Albany Area: 817
Western New York: 746
Rochester Area: 740
Syracuse Area: 353
Binghamton-Elmira Area: 144
Utica-Rome Area: 128
Watertown Area: 58
Plattsburgh Area: 40
|Top 10 Teacher & Administrator
Salaries in WNY
WNY's Top Earning Teachers are generally those with lots of time in the district:
Salary data from Business First/The NYS Teacher Retirement System . Teachers' positions & seniority from WBEN Research
William Wiese, Kenmore Tonawanda Special Education Teacher. $119,530
David Hawkes, Springville Griffith Inst. Technology Teacher (30 years in district) $119, 442
Thomas Murphy, Lancaster specialist on at risk students, $118, 890
Gary Lee, Lancaster Music Teacher (32 years in district) $118, 857
Sally Czemerynski, Orchard Park Special Education Teacher, $117, 529