School Superintendent Salary

School Superintendents in the United States can expect wages of $118K per year on average. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male School Superintendents are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 65 percent of professionals. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$83,773 - $172,872
$84K
$120K
$170K
MEDIAN: $117,899
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50%
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$0$176K
Salary $83,773 - $172,872
Bonus $0.00 - $15,000
Profit Sharing $5,000
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$84,935 - $176,096
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 177

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for School Superintendent

Pay by Experience for a School Superintendent has a positive trend. An entry-level School Superintendent with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 47 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A School Superintendent with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 45 salaries. An experienced School Superintendent which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 66 salaries. A School Superintendent with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $129,000 based on 83 salaries.

School Superintendent Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a School Superintendent?

School Superintendent in California City:
"Seeing through the fog."
Pros: Challenging, demanding, highly stressfull and never a dull moment. Working in a highly diverse and dynamic environment with critical decisions waiting around every corner.
Cons: The uncertainty of dealing with government agencies and trying to deliver against promises made to Staff and board members.

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Key Stats for School Superintendent

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
39%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects School Superintendent Salaries

▲8%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$119,000

Experienced
▼8%

Entry-Level
▼12%

Skills That Affect School Superintendent Salaries

Human Resources
▲11%

Childhood Education
▲10%

Budgeting
▲5%

Budget Management
▲1%

National Average
$119,000

Leadership
▼2%

People Management
▼14%

Curriculum Planning
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 9%
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