Superintendent Pay Increases Steady in 2017–2018

November 09, 2017 • Troy Bryant

According to preliminary results of the annual TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey, 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 average increase in 2016‒2017, pay raises have hovered at 3 percent for the past five years. 

Superintendent Average Pay Increase

Examining superintendent pay increases in relation to the Texas Education Agency (TEA)-defined district community types, superintendents in non-metropolitan 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.

Salaries by enrollment size, community type

The average superintendent salary in Texas for 2017‒2018 is $145,940. There has been a steady increase in base salaries, rising 2.7 percent in 2017‒2018 and 1.9 percent in 2016‒2017. Half of reported superintendent salaries in Texas are less than $125,000 (median).

Superintendent Average Salary

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

In Texas, 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, according to the survey. Thirteen percent of districts hired a new superintendent this year.

Incentive pay drops

Performance and retention bonuses for Texas superintendents decreased to an average of $8,232, down from $9,722 in last year’s survey. Only 5 percent of respondents received a bonus or incentive.

In addition to incentive pay, the survey collects data on transportation and housing allowances, health insurance benefits, retirement benefits, and other compensation to form a picture of total compensation. In Texas, a superintendent’s base salary makes up 95 percent of total compensation.

Survey participation

For 2017‒2018, 748 Texas school districts participated in the survey, representing 73 percent of districts statewide. Small districts—those with fewer than 1,000 students—account for 45 percent of participants. Salaries in districts reporting an interim or part-time superintendent were not included in the analysis. Survey data is effective as of July 2017.

TASB HR Services members can access 2017‒2018 Superintendent Salary Survey data in DataCentral. The 2017‒2018 Superintendent Compensation in Texas Public Schools report (PDF) will be available in myTASB to HR Services members in late November. Nonmembers will be able to purchase it in the TASB Store.

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