School Superintendent Salary

Average pay for School Superintendents in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($112K). The majority of School Superintendents (66 percent) survey respondents are male. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$66,991 - $174,634
(Median)
$67K
$110K
$170K
MEDIAN: $112,203
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$66,991 - $174,634  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,342  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,000  
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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$65,087 - $176,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 414
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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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School Superintendents report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Leadership, People Management, and Human Resources are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 30 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $99K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $107K. School Superintendents bring in $115K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $122K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects School Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$112,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect School Superintendent Salaries

Leadership
up arrow 31%

People Management
up arrow 30%

Human Resources
up arrow 19%

Budgeting
up arrow 12%

Budget Management
up arrow 7%

Childhood Education
up arrow 6%

National Average
$112,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 8%
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