NBC News 3: Clark County Schools Administrator Salaries 48_NBC3_Clark_County_Admin_Salaries

August 11, 2023 07:17 AM


The average administrator in Clark County schools earns six figures, and with an “unprecedented” 10% raise this school year, will be approaching the highest percentile of pay statewide.  


The Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees reached a two-year agreement with the school district in late July, giving its approximately 1,500 members a 10% raise during the first year — including 1.88% that went into effect July 1 — and 2% in the 2024-25 school year.


That follows the last contract from 2021 to 2023, which gave administrators a 3% raise. 


“This is an unprecedented amount of money,” Jeff Horn, executive director of the administrators union, told OpenTheBooks. “The funding by the state came in extremely generous, so that’s where you’re seeing some of these larger raises not only here in Clark County but the rest of the state.” 


A former administrator, he said, “administrators are first in the morning, last to leave at night. The hours that they put in aren’t always paid for.”


In FY 2022, the average pay for Clark County school administrators was over $107,000, according to payroll records provided to OpenTheBooks through a Nevada Open Records Act request, while the average benefits package was almost $39,000. 


The six-figure pay is a bit higher than the average for the country, which us about $100,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And a 10% increase bumps the average administrator into the 75th percentile for such roles nationwide.


Before the raise, the average CCSD admin pay was in the 75th percentile for administrators in Nevada. After the raise, it puts the average employee closer to the 90th percentile.


In early August, the district also reached a two-year agreement with the Education Support Employees Association and Teamsters Local 14.


The approximately 13,000 employees in the support staff union get an 8.65% salary increase during the first year — including 1.88% that already took effect July 1 — and 2% next school year.


While the people involved touted the support staff deal as a big step forward, the increase to a $15 minimum wage for the lowest-wage support professionals is anything but generous, compared to what higher-ups earn.


While there are people like a maintenance supervisor earning $80,000 in base pay, plus $96,000 in overtime and other pay, other support staff like hundreds of custodians make anywhere between $20,000 and $70,000.


There will be a separate agreement to determine how much support staff will get from the state legislature giving $250 million to districts statewide for pay raises.


The district is still negotiating new contracts with the Clark County Education Association teachers union and its 18,000 employees, as well as two unions that represent police employees.


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