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School Superintendent Salary (United States)

School Superintendents in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $108K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of School Superintendents (65 percent) survey respondents are male. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
School Superintendent Salary (?
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$65,287 - $174,051
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MEDIAN: $108,561
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School Superintendent Salary (?
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$11.79 - $51.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$65,287 - $174,051  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,586  
Profit Sharing
$1,944 - $9,916  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$62,115 - $175,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 416
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $51.82  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,586  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,944 - $9,916  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$62,115 - $175,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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, People Management, and Human Resources are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 34 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $98K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $104K. After working for 10 to 20 years, School Superintendents make a median salary of $111K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $120K.

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Experience Affects School Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%
Experienced
up arrow 2%
National Average
$108,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect School Superintendent Salaries

Leadership
up arrow 38%
People Management
up arrow 34%
Budgeting
up arrow 16%
Human Resources
up arrow 16%
Childhood Education
up arrow 10%
Budget Management
up arrow 9%
National Average
$108,000
Curriculum Planning
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 8%