Tuesday, February 16, 2016

2015 AASA Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study

The School Superintendents Association (AASA) has been conducting a Superintendents Salary & Benefits Study for four years, and the 2015 edition was recently released.  The survey includes questions related to salary, benefits, and contracts, and is distributed to superintendents throughout the country.  You can find the full report here.  


Findings of the report include:
  • Male respondents outnumbered female respondents approximately four to one.
  • Average and median age for respondents was 53.
  • Median salary was $131,000 and the average was $140,000.  This represents about a 15 percent increase from what was reported in 2014.
  • Many respondents reported increases to benefits.
  • 60 percent of boards used legal counsel for developing and/or negotiating superintendents salaries.
  • 11 superintendents from Kansas responded, representing 1.5% of the responses for the survey.


KASB Research compared this information to the data collected and reported on our annual Administrators Survey in 2015, and found the following for Kansas:
  • Male respondents outnumbered female respondents approximately four and a half to one; suggesting that the percent of female superintendents in Kansas is lower than the national average.
  • The average age for respondents was 52.8, and the median was 53.5; consistent with the national numbers.
  • Median salary was $98,356 and the average was $103,513.  This represents about a 2% decrease from what was reported in 2014.  This means Kansas salaries are considerably below the national numbers, and further, while the rest of the country was experiencing increases in Superintendents salaries, Kansas saw a decrease.

For more information, be sure to read the full AASA report here and visit kasb.org/research for more Kansas-specific data.  

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