Thursday, February 23, 2023
Associate Professor Christopher Tienken, Ed.D., led the team that surveyed superintendent compensation in the U.S.
Education leadership doctoral students Nadia Bennett, Sean Cronin, and Jillian Torrento, along with recent doctoral graduate Li Kang, Ed.D., were part of the team that conducted the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) 2022-2023 Salary and Benefits Survey.
The survey team was led by Christopher Tienken, Ed.D., Associate Professor of PK-12 Education Leadership, Management, and Policy at the College of Education and Human Services. Tienken has led the annual survey since 2020. The team also included Tara Thomas, Policy Analyst from AASA.
The study is conducted annually and is the largest investigation of superintendent compensation carried out in the United States. The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) had conducted a comprehensive survey of the salary and benefits packages of the American school superintendent on a yearly basis since 2012, although the first such study was launched in 1999. This proprietary project serves to describe, document, and offer valuable analysis of the changing landscape of superintendent compensation.
The results of the survey, published in an annual report, provides superintendents with actionable information needed to manage and negotiate their compensation and benefits.
The results were presented at the AASA National Conference on Education in San Antonio, TX in February, 2023. Superintendents and state school administrator associations regularly use the results from the report for contract negotiations. The large amount of data collected results in a rich database that is often used by academics for secondary analyses.