|Palm Beach County Schools|
|E. Wayne Gent|
Exactly how sweet is it? With people on television arguing over billions and trillions, it can be hard to keep a quarter-mil here and there in perspective; here's a list of people who make less than the guy who runs Palm Beach County Schools:
Six and a half Floridian households combined
Census numbers from not too long ago put Florida's median household income at just under $45,000
, which means Gent earns a little more than six times the average household. We have to be competitive, though! The big money will draw the big names. And we've got the cash -- oh... they're $50 million in the hole
More than two Rick Scotts
Yes, Gov. Rick Scott is technically taking only a penny-per-year salary, but he's entitled to about $130,000
a year -- way less than Gent is getting paid to run a school district in one small corner of the state.
The annual salary for members of Congress is $174,000, but pay is higher for the congressional leaders ($193,400) and speaker of the House ($223,500). Gent has them all beat, even without his pension.
The U.S. Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan's salary (as of 2010) was $196,700
-- though that does come with all the glory of being an adviser to the first Kenyan president while Gent is stuck down here with an extra 95 grand
. And a free take-home car.