AUSTIN - A recent survey of district trends in schol district 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 conducted annually by the TASB HR Services division is the first of a series of four surveys that is the most definitive study of school district 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:
Twenty-nine percent of returning superintendents (181) did not receive a pay increase. Eighty-seven percent of respondents (632) had a returning superintendent for 2013–14. The average superintendent pay increase was 2.9 percent, up from last year’s average of 2.5 percent. The average superintendent salary for 2013–14 is $131,250, a 3.1 percent increase from 2012–13. Average superintendent salaries range from $88,355 in districts with fewer than 500 students to $287,741 in districts with more than 50,000 students. Half of reported salaries are less than $114,000.
The 2013–14 survey also reveals that superintendents have been in their current position for an average of four years and report an average of seven years of total experience as a superintendent in any district. Most superintendents (62 percent) have served in only one school district. Of the 91 districts (12 percent) with a new superintendent for 2013–14, 58 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 approximately 5 million public school students.