State of the Superintendency                             Page 6


Salaries by Ratio


A metric commonly used as a component in executive compensation studies is a ratio of the median base salary paid to an entry-level worker compared to the median base salary of the executive. The use of such a metric provides those charged with establishing compensation levels with a useful comparison while making certain CEO compensation is not considered in isolation from compensation paid to other employees.

To create this metric for public schools, AASA analyzed survey findings from nearly 2,400 superintendents nationwide, replicating a 2012 AASA survey.

When calculated for public school teachers and superintendents, the ratio grows as district student enrollment increases. When comparing the ratios calculated for the smallest enrollment districts to those of the largest, the ratio nearly doubled. On the surface, this might be explained by the greater complexity and demands on the large-district superintendent, while other, more subtle factors might have influenced the ratios, such as regional cost of living, salary caps, and a narrowing labor pool of teachers and superintendents (requiring increased entry salaries to attract and retain).

Sources of Data: “2013 Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study” published by AASA. Analysis by Robert S. McCord, Noelle M. Ellerson and Christopher C. Stream. Full study available at www.aasa.org.


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