AASA Releases Superintendent Salary Study

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Two days ahead of the National Conference on Education, where hundreds of school district leaders will convene in San Diego, Feb. 26-28, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the organization released its annual salary study.

The 2014 AASA Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study generated a response from more than 1,700 superintendents, representing all 50 states.

The survey’s key findings included:

  • Base salaries ranged from $36,000 to $315,000, with an average salary of $122,000 and a median salary of $113,000.
  • Respondents are predominately male (79 percent), White (94 percent) and from intermediate-sized districts (300-2,499 students) regardless of their gender.
  • Female respondents were, on average, older than male respondents (53.1 to 51.7 percent respectively)
  • A three-year trend of improving economic conditions continues. Slightly more than half of the respondents (53 percent) reported their districts’ economic conditions as stable. (50 percent in 2013; 45 percent in 2012)
  • The survey revealed a small trend toward longer longevity compared with 2013 results. Over half of respondents described their districts’ economic conditions as stable for the first time; this year, 53 percent said so, compared to 50 percent in 2013 and 45 percent in 2012. Despite this positive change, nearly four in 10 respondents still described their districts’ economic conditions as declining.

To access a copy of the 2014 AASA Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study, click here. For specific questions about the report, contact Leslie Finnan, AASA policy 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.