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School Superintendent Salary (United States)

School Superintendents in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $107K) surpassing six figures annually. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. In a profession dominated by men, 66 percent of School Superintendents are male. Job satisfaction for School Superintendents is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
School Superintendent Salary (?
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$66,391 - $174,282
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MEDIAN: $107,596
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School Superintendent Salary (?
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$11.34 - $51.28
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National Salary Data

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$66,391 - $174,282  
   
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$0.00 - $18,500  
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$62,244 - $175,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 407
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$11.34 - $51.28  
   
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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$0.00 - $18,500  
   
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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$62,244 - $175,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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 suggest that School Superintendents use a fairly large toolkit 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 36 percent, 36 percent, and 17 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.
For many School Superintendents, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $99K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $106K. School Superintendents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $108K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $118K. The largest share of School Superintendents have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with one to 10 years. Workers who have been working for 10 to 20 years are the least common.

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Experience Affects School Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%
Experienced
up arrow 2%
National Average
$107,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect School Superintendent Salaries

Leadership
up arrow 36%
People Management
up arrow 36%
Budgeting
up arrow 17%
Human Resources
up arrow 17%
Budget Management
up arrow 10%
National Average
$107,000
Curriculum Planning
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%