School Superintendent Salary

On average, School Superintendents in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($110K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. School Superintendents who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. Job satisfaction for School Superintendents is extremely high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$67,503 - $173,533
(Median)
$68K
$110K
$170K
MEDIAN: $109,969
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$67,503 - $173,533  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,432  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,340  
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$66,090 - $175,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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.

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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 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 35 percent, 32 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for School Superintendent

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


For School Superintendents, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $99K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $104K. On average, School Superintendents make $113K following one to two decades on the job. 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

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$110,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect School Superintendent Salaries

Leadership
up arrow 35%

People Management
up arrow 32%

Human Resources
up arrow 21%

Budgeting
up arrow 14%

Childhood Education
up arrow 10%

Budget Management
up arrow 9%

National Average
$110,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
14%
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: 7%