State of the Superintendency
Comparative Pay Ratio
School Administrator, October 2022

AASA’s latest superintendent salary survey found the ratio between median superintendent salary and median salary for a starting teacher narrowed in almost all enrollment categories. Further, the 2021-22 ratios of median superintendent salary by enrollment to median starting teacher salary by enrollment are now less than those from 2015-16.

Where numbers were sufficient, the ratios between the median base salary for a superintendent and the median base salary for a starting teacher ranged from 1:2.6 to 1:5.

The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance reported in 2018 that the ratio of CEO base salary to entry-level employee base salary for 3,000 businesses that comprise the Russell 3000 (excluding the 500 largest U.S. corporations) was 1:166.

SOURCE: “2021-22 AASA Superintendent Salary & Benefits Study,” edited by Christopher H. Tienken. Details at