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The 25 N.J. superintendents who got paid the most

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New Jersey school chiefs just endured one of the most stressful and trying years imaginable. But at least many of them were paid handsomely for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The average base salary for full-time school superintendents in New Jersey was $179,204 last academic year, a 4% increase from 2019-20, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of new state data.

Though Gov. Phil Murphy eliminated the state’s $191,584 superintendent salary cap in 2019, many of the highest earners are those who were exempt from the cap, such as leaders of charter schools, county vocational schools and the state’s largest school districts.

Base salaries are on the rise, however, for school chiefs in the some of the state’s wealthiest suburban districts, several of whom moved closer to the top of the pay scale.

Check out the list below to see the superintendents who made the most last school year, excluding bonuses or merit pay.

Note: This list does not include interim superintendents or superintendents who retired before the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year.

25. Henry Poteat

District: Winslow

Salary: $234,402

24. James Santana

District: Northern Valley Regional

Salary: $234,790

Mount Olive School officials meet with health officials to prep for the outbreak of coronavirus.

Mount Olive School District Superintendent Robert Zywicki.

Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media

21. (tie) Robert Zywicki

District: Mount Olive

Salary: $235,000

21. (tie) Robert Zega

District: Woodbridge

Salary: $235,000

21. (tie) Clara Brito-Herrera

District: West New York

Salary: $235,000

19. (tie) Loretta Radulic

District: Roxbury

Salary: $235,184

19. (tie) Jennifer Fano

District: Randolph

Salary: $235,184

18. Scott Feder

District: South Brunswick

Salary: $236,358

17. Rhonda Wilson

District: New Horizons Community Charter, Newark

Salary: $236,630

16. Matthew Murphy

District: Ramsey

Salary: $236,900

15. Richard Tomko

District: Belleville

Salary: $240,439

14. Michael LaSusa

District: Chatham

Salary: $242,972

13. David Miceli

District: New Providence

Salary: $243,949

Brian Zychowski

Former Gov. Chris Christie, left, along with former Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf, right, and North Brunswick Superintendent Brian Zychowski, center, in 2011.SL

12. Brian Zychowski

District: North Brunswick

Salary: $244,686

11. Silvia Abbato

District: Union City

Salary: $248,331

10. Victor Valeski

District: East Brunswick

Salary: $248,708

8. (tie) Bernard Bragen

District: Edison

Salary: $249,900

8. (tie) David Aderhold

District: West-Windsor Plainsboro

Salary: $249,900

7. Aubrey Johnson

District: New Brunswick

Salary: $253,675

6. Teresa Segarra

District: Maria L. Varisco-Rogers Charter School, Newark

Salary: $265,460

5. Eileen Shafer

District: Paterson

Salary: $267,900

Newark Teachers Vaccinations

Roger León, Newark Schools superintendent, speaks in March as district teachers and staff and those at charter schools, private schools, parochial schools and early childhood providers receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Barringer High School.John Jones | For NJ Advance Media

4. Roger León

District: Newark

Salary: $282,425

3. Howard Lerner

District: Bergen County Vocational

Salary: $288,344

1. (tie) Leigh Byron

District: Trenton Stem-to-Civics Charter School

Salary: $300,000

1. (tie) Mark Finkelstein

District: Educational Services Commission of New Jersey

Salary: $300,000

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