School Superintendent Salary

Salaries for School Superintendents in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($112K) per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male School Superintendents who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (66 percent) are men. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most School Superintendents are happy with their jobs. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$66,041 - $173,055
MEDIAN: $111,724

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$64,401 - $174,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 434
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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.


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 32 percent, 19 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for

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. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $100K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $108K. School Superintendents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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 $121K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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


34 %
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%