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AASA Releases 2018-19 Superintendent Salary Study

13 Feb 2019 8:28 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)


Los Angeles – Feb. 13, 2019 – At the outset of the National Conference on Education, where hundreds of school district leaders are convening in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 14-16, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, released its seventh annual salary study to benchmark superintendent compensation and benefits.


The report, 2018-19 AASA Superintendent Salary & Benefits Study, was released in two versions: a full version for AASA members and an abridged version for wider circulation. More than 1,400 responses were received.


“The demands placed on a superintendent’s desk exceed that of just about every other occupation in America, which is why we see this report as a valuable tool for our members,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “The rich data generated in this survey provide key benchmarks when comparing how leaders of other industries are compensated in small, medium and large communities.”

Major findings include:

  • Base salaries ranged from $42,000 to $397,953, with a median of $92,000 and $236,000 depending on district enrollment (size).
  • Respondents are predominately male (75 percent), white (89.9 percent) and from intermediate-sized districts (300-2,499 students, 54.4 percent) regardless of their gender.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the respondents (65.2 percent), regardless of gender, indicated that their district is best described as rural.
  • Female respondents were, on average, slightly older than male respondents (with a median age of 53 to 52, respectively).
  • On the issue of longevity, more than half of the respondents have served in their present position between one and five years, with less than 15 percent exceeding 10 years. Males report somewhat greater longevity in the superintendency than females, although the longevity of female superintendents has increased substantially over the previous years of this study.
  • Few superintendents (15.1 percent) see their district’s economic condition as strong. Slightly more than half (56 percent) see their district’s economic condition as stable. Slightly more than one quarter (28.6 percent) describe the economic condition of their district as declining.

To access a copy of the 2018-19 AASA Superintendent Salary & Benefits Studyclick here. AASA members can access the full member-only version through This version will be available on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.  


For specific questions about the report, contact Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at For more information about the 2019 National Conference on Education, access AASA’s Conference Daily Online.



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