What is the current state of U.S. school superintendent compensation?
The AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has published its Superintendents Salary & Benefits Study for the sixth year in a row.
Compared to past years, the 2017-2018 study revealed some interesting findings in superintendent salary and benefits data, including:
- Superintendent demographics have remained similar over the years – out of the 1,172 respondents, at least 891 were male, representing an overwhelming majority of male superintendents, which is consistent with past years. Respondents are also 93% white (not Hispanic), and females tend to be older than their male counterparts.
- This year’s study found that salaries increased with district enrollment. The study also found that maximum salaries in some of the smaller districts seemed inflated this year.
- The range of median salaries for 2017-2018 was $94,000 for districts with less than 300 students and $260,000 for districts with 25,000 students or more. The study also provides median salaries for districts with 300-2,499 students, 2,500-9,999 students and 10,000 to 24,999 students.
- Respondents reported a general decrease in medical and hospital coverage, and a large 15.2% of respondents chose not to even answer the question. Dental and vision coverage also decreased in 2017-2018.
- Three years was the most common contract term for both male and female superintendents. Other information in the study includes the use of performance evaluations, hire/rehire information, vacation and sick leave, and use of legal counsel while developing a superintendent contract.
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