School Superintendent Salary

School Superintendents in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $111K) surpassing six figures annually. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men make up the majority of School Superintendents (66 percent) survey respondents. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$66,116 - $173,685
MEDIAN: $111,172

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$66,116 - $173,685  
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$64,582 - $175,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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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 32 percent, 31 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for School Superintendent

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $99K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $107K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $114K in this role. School Superintendents who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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 70 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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 8%