Average School Superintendent Salary

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The average salary for a School Superintendent is $116,537.
MEDIAN $116,537
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$82k - $183k
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$3k - $10k
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$83k - $187k

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Job Description for School Superintendent

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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Popular Skills for School Superintendent

Skills in Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Team Leadership, Operations Management, Strategic Planning and Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for School Superintendent

An entry-level School Superintendent with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $110,645 based on 6 salaries. An early career School Superintendent with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $102,844 based on 60 salaries. A mid-career School Superintendent with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $121,322 based on 51 salaries. An experienced School Superintendent with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $117,483 based on 101 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $127,815.

Pay Difference by Location

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Employees with School Superintendent in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 24.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (20.8% more) and New York, New York (7.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dallas, Texas (14.2% less).

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