Superintendents in Alabama’s 136 school systems will be paid an average of $128,400 for FY15 (October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015) according to information shared by the Alabama State Department of Education.
The average teacher in Alabama earned $47,949 for the 2012-2013 school year, the most recent year for which data is available.
While the state provides funds through a minimum salary schedule for teachers, the money to pay a superintendent’s salary comes completely from local revenue.
County school superintendents will be paid an average of $119,900. City school superintendents will be paid an average of $136,700.
Superintendent pay ranges from $75,781 in a 1,561-student county district to $228,000 in a 36,100-student district.
Thirty-seven of Alabama’s county superintendents are elected, while the remaining 30 county superintendents and all 69 city superintendents are appointed by the board of education. Only Alabama, Mississippi and Florida have elections for local school district superintendents.
Pike Road and Gardendale City Schools have not yet begun full operations, but both have appointed superintendents.
The map below depicts all school districts and is shaded based on the reported FY15 salary of the superintendent.
If you divide the range of salaries paid into quartiles, here’s what the map looks like:
This map depicts the dollars spent on the superintendent’s salary per ADM on the 20th day after Labor Day 2014. ADM stands for “average daily membership”, and “membership” refers to students enrolled.
This map depicts the quartile split using the dollars spent per student equation from above: