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School Superintendent Salary

Wages for School Superintendents in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. Male School Superintendents who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$66,946 - $174,272
MEDIAN: $111,172

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$66,946 - $174,272  
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$65,825 - $176,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 416
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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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School Superintendents report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Leadership, People Management, and Human Resources are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 31 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The relatively untested earn a median of $99K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $106K. After working for 10 to 20 years, School Superintendents make a median salary of $113K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned School Superintendents with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $121K.

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Experience Affects School Superintendent Salaries

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Skills That Affect School Superintendent Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.


32 %
68 %

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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 7%