The number of Central Texas school employees with salaries in excess of $100,000 has grown dramatically over the last five years.
The Austin American-Statesman analyzed salaries at eight school districts, including Austin, Hays and Round Rock, and reports Tuesday a 78 percent increase in the number of administrators earning more than $100,000.
Those earning six figures grew at least twice as fast as the rise in enrollment and school budgets since the 2008-2009 school year.
Most of the earners make more than double the average pay for teachers, whose salaries range from about $45,600 to $50,200.
Bret Champion, superintendent for the Leander school district, says salaries are "market-driven." He notes that his district competes with local high-tech companies for qualified employees.