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State Ed. Chiefs Have New Duties. But Does Their Pay Match Up?

The stakes are higher than ever for state education chiefs under the Every Student Succeeds Act — but whether they’re being compensated any better is a much murkier picture, an Education Week salary review shows.

State schools superintendents today lead often-emaciated departments tasked with lengthy federal and state to-do lists. They’re also directly in charge of designing and implementing state accountability systems and improving their states’ worst-performing schools under the new federal K-12 law that kicks into high gear this school year.

Despite that, state chiefs are paid, on average, $174,000 — about $60,000 less than the average pay for the superintendent leading their state’s largest district, according to an Education Week analysis of the most recently made available data.