Median pay for the headmasters at 32 prestigious private high schools in New England reached nearly $450,000 in 2012, a 23 percent increase from three years earlier, The Boston Globe reports, citing academies' tax filings. Several prep school heads earned more than $500,000 in 2012 or 2013, with Noble and Greenough in Dedham, Mass., paying its leader $1.3 million in 2012, including a one-time deferred payment, more than all but one of the state's college presidents.
While salary packages for university leaders have drawn heightened scrutiny in recent years, compensation at private high schools has grown rapidly with relatively little notice, according to the Globe. Sandra Miniutti of Charity Navigator said the New England spike was striking, but private school organizations defended the rising pay. The role of headmaster "requires one's body, mind, and soul," said Claire Leheny, executive director of the Association of Independent Schools in New England.