School Superintendent Salary

School Superintendents in the United States pull down an average of $117K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for School Superintendents is extremely high. More than half of School Superintendents (69 percent) survey respondents are men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$75,494 - $168,464
$75K
$120K
$170K
MEDIAN: $117,262
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Salary
$75,494 - $168,464  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,635  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$75,803 - $171,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 211

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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

  • 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.
  • Meet with school administrators, teachers, parents, and the community to discuss and implement district goals.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for School Superintendent

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $101K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $120K. After working for 10 to 20 years, School Superintendents make a median salary of $114K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $130K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Key Stats for School Superintendent

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
43%
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Experience Affects School Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$118,000

Experienced
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼14%

Skills That Affect School Superintendent Salaries

Human Resources
▲12%

Childhood Education
▲11%

Budgeting
▲6%

Budget Management
▲2%

National Average
$118,000

Leadership
▼1%

People Management
▼13%

Curriculum Planning
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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