Statewide Superintendent Salary Survey Released

For Release: November 19, 2012
Contact: Troy Bryant, 800.580.8272, ext. 6179,

(Austin) – A recent survey of district trends in superintendents’ salaries and benefits was released by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). The TASB/TASA survey highlights conducted annually by the TASB HR Services division is the first of a series of four reports that is the most definitive study of compensation and benefits practices in Texas. The information is used by policymakers at both the local and state levels to make decisions about educators’ pay. Of particular note:

  • Forty-four percent of returning superintendents (281) did not receive a pay increase. Eighty-nine percent of respondents (639) had a returning superintendent for 2012–13.
  • The average superintendent pay increase was 2.5 percent, up from the 10-year low of 1.6 percent in last year’s survey.
  • The average superintendent salary for 2012–13 is $127,358, a 3.5 percent increase from 2011–12.
  • Average superintendent salaries range from $86,782 in districts with fewer than 500 students to $281,722 in districts with more than 50,000 students. Half of reported salaries are less than $111,000.

The 2012-13 survey also reveals that superintendents have been in their current position for an average of five years and report an average of seven years of total experience as a superintendent in any district. Most superintendents have been the superintendent in only one school district. Of the 79 districts (11 percent) with a new superintendent for 2012-13, 63 percent hired a superintendent with no previous experience in the position.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.9 million students.

Related Links:
HR Exchange: Superintendent Pay Increases Average 2.5 Percent
HR Salary Survey Reports
Note: Full reports available for purchase from TASB HR Services.