School Superintendent Salary

Average pay for a School Superintendent in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $114K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more male School Superintendents than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 66 percent. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$67,689 - $172,193
(Median)
$68K
$110K
$170K
MEDIAN: $113,779
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Salary
$67,689 - $172,193  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,416  
Profit Sharing
$2,150  
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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$65,814 - $174,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 446
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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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Survey results show that School Superintendents use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Leadership, Human Resources, and Budgeting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 17 percent, and 10 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $100K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $109K. School Superintendents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $112K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $124K.

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Experience Affects School Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$113,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect School Superintendent Salaries

Leadership
up arrow 29%

Human Resources
up arrow 17%

Budgeting
up arrow 10%

Budget Management
up arrow 6%

People Management
up arrow 6%

Childhood Education
up arrow 5%

National Average
$113,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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