The Naval Academy superintendent earns less than the heads of some nearby private high schools, less than the county schools superintendent and less than the president of Anne Arundel Community College, according to data released to The Capital under the Freedom of Information Act.
Vice Adm. Walter "Ted" Carter Jr. earns a base salary of about $199,300, though one perk is free housing. But he has to live at work: on the Yard.
The salary data released to The Capital reveals military officials at the Naval Academy earn less than private-sector education administrators around Annapolis.
The Severn School in Severna Park was founded a century ago to prepare young men for the Naval Academy entrance exam. In recent years, the headmaster, Douglas Lagarde, has been earning more than the academy superintendent, according to tax records.
Lagarde earned a base salary of about $313,100 in 2013, the most recent year available in those records.
Similarly, the former head of The Key School in Annapolis, Marcella Yedid, earned about $347,000 in 2013, the most recent year available.
Salaries were not available for St. Mary's High School in Annapolis. Church-affiliated schools are exempt from tax filings, and a St. Mary's spokeswoman declined to provide the pay.
In Anne Arundel County, those in occupations such as CEO, engineer, scientist, dentist and surgeon make salaries comparable to the superintendent, said Bekki Leonard, the spokeswoman for Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation.
At the Naval Academy, the second-in-command, Marine Corps Col. Stephen Liszewski, the commandant, earns a base salary of about $122,800, according to the data.
In June, Liszewski became the academy's 86th commandant. He also lives on the Yard. Commandants routinely serve two or three years before moving on.
The superintendent, Carter, arrived in Annapolis in July of last year. Superintendents serve four years.
By comparison, the county schools superintendent, George Arlotto, earns about $245,000.
Also, Anne Arundel Community College President Dawn Lindsay earns $275,500.
Academy spokesman Cmdr. John Schofield said transparency is valued with Naval Academy salaries.
"Military salaries are public record and reflect current pay based on rank and years of service. That transparency is important," he said in a statement.
"What's more important is the fact, regardless of rank, seniority and salary, the sole focus at the Naval Academy -- from the superintendent to the commandant to the faculty to the food service crew to the public affairs staff -- is the training and education of midshipmen morally, mentally and physically."
By some measures, the Naval Academy has seen growing success in recent years. Admission is increasingly competitive; students are applying with higher test scores. The dropout rate is declining.
The academy jumped four places from last year to tie at ninth in the ranking of the best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
The midshipmen earn monthly pay of $1,027, though everything from computers to uniforms, even shoe repairs, may be deducted.
Among civilian staff, professors earn 24 percent more than basic pay for general Department of Defense employees. That's because Annapolis falls within the Washington, D.C., area. Salaries are adjusted according to the cost of living in regions around the country.
For example, employees in New York earn about 29 percent more than basic pay; in Los Angeles, 27 percent; in San Diego, 24 percent.
Last fiscal year, civilians received a 1 percent cost-of-living raise.
Names were redacted from data provided to The Capital. But entry-level instructors earn about $51,300 a year at the Naval Academy. An unnamed senior math professor, teaching since the early 1980s, earns $168,700.
The median household income in Anne Arundel County is $87,430.
A letter from Navy officials said names were redacted because military and civilian personnel, regardless of their jobs, remain at increased risk since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
By the numbers
--Former head of The Key School Marcella Yedid: $347,055 in 2013
--Severn School Headmaster Douglas Lagarde: $313,087 in 2013
--Anne Arundel Community College President Dawn Lindsay: $275,535
--Anne Arundel County Schools Superintendent George Arlotto: $245,000
--Vice Adm. Walter "Ted" Carter Jr., the Naval Academy superintendent: $199,281 in base pay
--Senior Naval Academy math professor, teaching since the 1980s: $168,700
--Marine Corps Col. Stephen Liszewski, the Naval Academy commandant: $122,832 in base pay
--Entry-level Naval Academy instructor: $51,300
--Basic monthly pay for a midshipman: $1,027
--Median household income (not individual salary) in Anne Arundel County: $87,430
Source: Naval Academy, Anne Arundel Community College and Anne Arundel County Public Schools salary data was released to The Capital under the federal Freedom of Information Act and the Maryland Public Information Act. Salary data for private high schools was found in tax records; the most recent year available was 2013. Church-affiliated schools are exempt from filing.