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Bryon Schaefer, the Kern High School District's 21st superintendent.

The incoming superintendent of the Kern High School District will earn a base annual salary of $225,000, which is $17,718 a year less than the current salary of the outgoing superintendent.

At Monday's board of trustees meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Bryon Schaefer was officially promoted to take over the district's top job in August. That's when Don Carter is stepping down.

As in Carter's, Schaefer's contract also contains a $2,698 doctorate degree credit and an auto allowance of $6,000.

He'll also get $12,000 a year in health insurance premiums.

Unlike Carter, however, Schaefer will not receive $10,000 worth of deferred compensation in the form of a tax-sheltered annuity contribution.

An annuity is an insurance product in which a lump sum payment or series of payments is made and then paid out in regular disbursements at some point in the future.

The KHSD board of trustees approved the contract late Monday night.

The average annual salary for elementary or secondary administrators was $90,800 in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. There was no data on compensation for superintendents of high school districts only.

KHSD is the largest high school district in the state of California, with 18 high schools and 38,000 students.