This story in today's Houston Chronicle is encouraging in two regards. First, it shows that some high school principals are being paid well. And, second, it reveals that women principals are making as much as men, actually a little more.
Education is critical for helping children achieve their God-given potential. And educators must be paid well if we are to attract high-quality people into this profession. Education is not an easy job, so we must compensate well the people who take this responsibility. Quite frankly, I think quality teachers and school administrators require as much or more expertise as many high-paying jobs, and their jobs are much more important.
Also, gender pay equity is important, and this information from the Houston area may be surprising:
Chron.com analyzed the salaries of 41 female principals and 66 males. Women averaged $136,042 in pay compared to $132,049 for men, which represents a roughly 3 percent difference. The average salary overall for Houston-area principals was $133,579, which is dramatically more than the national average of $87,598, according to Payscale.com.
The Bible says this about we take care of leaders in the church:
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching;
for the scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves to be paid” (1 Timothy 5:17-18 NRSV).
While the writer is clearly speaking about church leaders, the same principle applies to all those who provide important service in the community. "The laborer deserves to be paid." And since basic fairness is a bedrock of right behavior, then it is important that we pay people for their work, not for their gender.