2017–2018 Statewide Superintendent Salary Survey Released

For release: November 30, 2017
Contact: Troy Bryant, 800.580.7782, ext. 2417
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(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).

For the 2017–2018 school year, nearly two-thirds of Texas districts provided a base salary increase to their continuing superintendent. The average pay increase in 2017–2018 for continuing superintendents was 2.9 percent. Down from a 3.2 percent increase in 2016–2017, pay raises have remained around 3 percent for the past five years.

The TASB/TASA survey conducted annually by TASB HR Services is the first of a series of three surveys that is the most definitive study of school district compensation and benefits practices in Texas. Policymakers at both the local and state levels use the information to make decisions about educators’ pay. Below are key findings of the survey:

  • The average superintendent salary in Texas for 2017‒2018 is$146,073. There has been a steady increase in base salaries, rising 2.8 percent in 2017‒2018 and 1.9 percent in 2016‒2017. Half of reported superintendent salaries in Texas are less than $125,000 (median).
  • Examining superintendent pay increases in relation to the Texas Education Agency (TEA)-defined district community types, superintendents in nonmetropolitan, fast-growing districts experienced the highest average increase (3.9 percent). Superintendents in rural districts, which comprise 40 percent of survey respondents, received a 2.6 percent average pay raise. Major urban districts gave their superintendents a 1.3 percent average pay increase.
  • ​In districts with fewer than 500 students, the average superintendent salary is $96,119, up from $94,920 last year. These districts account for one-quarter of survey participants. In the largest Texas districts—those with more than 50,000 students—average base pay is $320,532, up from $308,184, a 4 percent increase.
  • Analyzing superintendent salaries by community type, average base pay in rural districts is $101,227, up from $99,164 last year. TEA classifies 459 of some 1,000 public school districts in Texas as rural. Superintendent salaries average $314,366 in major urban districts.

Superintendent experience

The 2017‒2018 survey also reveals that superintendents have held the position in their current district for an average of four years and have seven total years of experience as a superintendent in any district.

Most superintendents (64 percent) have served in only one school district. Of the 94 districts (13 percent) with a new superintendent for 2017‒2018, 69 percent hired a superintendent with no previous experience in the position.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million public school students.

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