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Kennewick, Richland or Pasco - which school district pays its employees the most money?

When it comes to the top money makers at schools, Kennewick administrators top their Tri-Cities neighbors.

While Kennewick’s Superintendent Dave Bond’s salary came in at $141,953 for 2017-18, according to a recently published state salary database, his total pay was $247,103.

That edged out Richland’s Rick Schulte by about $20,000. While Schulte’s base salary was higher, his other pay added up to $228,586. Both salaries dwarf relative superintendent newcomer Michelle Whitney in Pasco, who brought in $175,134 in total pay.

That is a pattern reflected throughout a 2017-18 salary database recently obtained from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The salaries may have changed since, and people could have left the positions they were in at the time the database was compiled.

On average, Kennewick tends to pay the most in salaries and Pasco the least.

Principals near top of list

Outside of the central offices of top administrators, high school principals generally get the most money.

Pasco High’s former Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Jacob Davis was the fourth-highest paid person in that district. In Kennewick, Kamiakin’s principal Chris Chelin was the eighth-highest paid in the district. In Richland, Hanford’s Principal Tory Christensen and Richland’s Principal Tim Praino were just outside the top 10 in their district.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.
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