School Superintendent Salary

School Superintendents in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $114K) surpassing six figures annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men account for the majority of School Superintendents who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for School Superintendents is extremely high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$67,689 - $172,193
(Median)
$68K
$110K
$170K
MEDIAN: $113,779
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Salary
$67,689 - $172,193  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,416  
Profit Sharing
$2,150  
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$65,814 - $174,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 446
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Job Description for School Superintendent

A school superintendent is the head administrator of a school system. These professionals normally answer to the school board and are hired by that body; they also can be fired or dismissed by the school board. Superintendents are in charge of hiring principals for all schools in their district, and they have final say on dismissing teachers or disciplining employees. This job also requires the superintendent to work with the local school board to develop and maintain the yearly district budget. It also involves managing students and keeping up with problems that occur within student bodies.

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School Superintendent Tasks

  • Manage school property, buildings, and infrastructure, monitor building maintenance, renovation, and construction.
  • Oversee district staffing, recruit personnel, plan and carry out staff evaluations, and administer HR programs and policies.
  • Prepare the school district budget, ensure expenditures stay within school board limits, and develop procedures for approving expenditures.
  • Work with the school board to develop and put into action a district’s policies, vision, and goals.
  • Meet with school administrators, teachers, parents, and the community to discuss and implement district goals.

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Survey results imply that School Superintendents put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Leadership, Human Resources, and Budgeting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 17 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for School Superintendent

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


School Superintendents with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $100K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $109K. For School Superintendents, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $112K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $124K.

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Experience Affects School Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$113,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect School Superintendent Salaries

Leadership
up arrow 29%

Human Resources
up arrow 17%

Budgeting
up arrow 10%

Budget Management
up arrow 6%

People Management
up arrow 6%

Childhood Education
up arrow 5%

National Average
$113,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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