School Superintendent Salary

The average School Superintendent in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $117K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for School Superintendents is extremely high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$79,880 - $168,972
$80K
$120K
$170K
MEDIAN: $116,680
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$79,880 - $168,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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$78,397 - $172,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 188

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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.


Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $104K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $109K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $129K.

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Key Stats for School Superintendent

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
44%
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Experience Affects School Superintendent Salaries

▲10%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$117,000

Experienced
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼11%

Skills That Affect School Superintendent Salaries

Human Resources
▲13%

Childhood Education
▲11%

Budgeting
▲7%

Budget Management
▲2%

Leadership
▼0%

National Average
$117,000

People Management
▼12%

Curriculum Planning
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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