Salaries for female superintendents are close to parity with their male counterparts

Male superintendents may outnumber their female counterparts 3-1, but the gender pay gap is almost non-existent.

According to a recent study published by the AASA, the association of school principals.

This is significantly higher than the average for all women in all jobs. Entry this year women earned about 82 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to Payscale, a compensation software and data company.

The overall average salary for superintendents is $158,670, the AASA’s 10th Annual Superintendent Salary and Benefits Study found. The report was compiled from responses from nearly 1,800 AASA members nationwide. Of these, 83, or about 5%, were superintendents working in Pennsylvania.

Across Westmoreland County’s 17 school districts, salaries for superintendents in the 2019-20 school year ranged from $106,000 in Monessen, which has 790 students, to $178,000 in the Greater Latrobe School District, where there are approximately 3,775 students.

The average superintendent’s salary in the county was around $148,000.

In the Alle-Kiski Valley, where there are 12 school districts, salaries for superintendents ranged from $127,000 in Riverview, which has about 950 students, to $200,000 in Fox Chapel Area, where there are about 2 400 students.

When the Leechburg Area School District hired Tiffany Nix as superintendent in 2016, Nix said she was offered a lower starting salary than her male predecessor.

“I asked what he did,” Nix said. “No more, no less, and they gave me that. The board received a lot of negative feedback on this decision.

Other report highlights:

• Superintendents are getting younger. In 2022, 42.5% are between 30 and 50 years old compared to 35.1% in 2012. Nearly 40% are between 41 and 50 years old and about 45% are between 51 and 60 years old.

• The median salary for a superintendent ranged from $105,000 to $228,541, depending on the size of the district. The report divided respondents into nine enrollment brackets, with smaller districts generally having lower salaries than larger districts.

• Almost half of the respondents had five years or less of superintendent experience.

• Nearly 43% of respondents hold a doctorate in education, followed by 38% a master’s degree. Where there are sufficient numbers, a higher percentage of female superintendents hold doctorates – 48% – compared to 41% of men.

• Although whites made up approximately 87% of superintendents responding to the survey, they ranked fourth in median base salary behind Asians, Blacks and Hispanics.

Tawnya Panizzi is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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