AASA Releases Superintendent Salary Study


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Feb. 11, 2016 – At the outset of the National Conference on Education, where hundreds of school district leaders have convened in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 11-13, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, released its fourth annual salary study to benchmark superintendent compensation and benefits.

The report, 2015 Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study, was released in two versions: a full version for AASA members, and an abridged version for wider circulation.

“This important study serves as a tool for the profession of the superintendency,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “Four years of strong responses provide an important historical view of school district leadership. This body of research is important to understand how our superintendents, whose districts are often the largest employers in their respective communities, are compensated for the most challenging work of running our nation’s public school systems.”  

Major findings include:

  • Base salaries ranged from $55,000 to $322,171, with a median of $131,000 and an average of $140,021.
  • Respondents are predominately male (80 percent), White (92 percent) and from intermediate-sized districts (300-2,499 students, 52 percent) regardless of their gender.
  • Female respondents were, on average, older than male respondents (53 to 53 respectively). 
  • A four-year trend of improving economic conditions continues. Slightly more than half of the respondents (53 percent) reported their districts’ economic conditions as stable, which holds steady from 2014; this has increased from 50 percent in 2013 and 45 percent in 2012.

To access a copy of the AASA Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study, click here. AASA members can access the full member-only version through My.AASA.org. For specific questions about the report, contact Leslie Finnan, AASA senior legislative analyst, at lfinnan@aasa.org


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.