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Superintendent Salary Comparisons

Large Urban School Districts

A few years ago, the Council of the Great City Schools, an organization of the nation’s 76 largest urban school systems, compared superintendent salaries. It found that the average annual salary for superintendents of large public school districts was $277,765, in line with the APS superintendent, who made $266,316 at the time. 

According to the Council, the average annual salary for superintendents with five years or more experience now is expected to be around $345,000. For example, the salary for the superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools, with a student population of 84,700, was recently raised to $325,000 a year.

APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy, who is in her fifth year on the job, makes $276,186 a year. APS now has about 81,000 students.

HR Comparison

Last year, the APS Human Resources Department did its own salary comparison, looking at superintendent salaries for a dozen school districts in the state and region with student populations ranging from 12,500 to 92,800. The average annual salary for these superintendents was $255,879.

Superintendents in three of the four largest school districts (Fort Worth, Austin and Fulton County, Georgia) made over $300,000 a year.

In New Mexico, the superintendent of the second-largest school district — Las Cruces with 24,300 students (less than a third of the APS population) — made $180,000 a year.

The superintendent of the third-largest school district in New Mexico — Rio Rancho with 16,762 students (about a fifth the size of APS) — made $225,000 a year.

The superintendent of the state’s fourth-largest school district — Santa Fe with 12,500 students (less than a sixth the size of APS) — made $184,500 a year.

Additional Comparisons

2019 Superintendent Salary Comparison
School DistrictStudent PopulationSuperintendent Salary
Santa Fe 12,500 $184,500
Rio Rancho 16,762 $225,000
Las Cruces 24,300 $180,000
Grossmont Union (California) 28,000 $255,184
Tucson 47,255 $270,000
Sweetwater (Texas) 48,000 $254,784
Alpine (Utah) 75,000 $178,938
Albuquerque 84,000 $276,187
Austin 84,000 $310,958
Fort Worth 86,000 $330,000
Jefferson County (Colorado) 86,000 $276,000
Fulton County (Georgia) 92,800 $329,000
APS Superintendent Salaries through the Years
SuperintendentYears as a SuperintendentSalary
Lilian Barna 1985–1987 $75,000
Tom Garrity
(one of four co-superintendents)
2002–2003 $105,000
Michael Vigil
(one of four co-superintendents)
2002–2003 $125,000
Joseph Vigil
(one of four co-superintendents)
2002–2003 $125,000
Beth Everitt
(when she was one of four co-superintendents)
2002–2003 $125,000
Beth Everitt
(when she became the sole superintendent)
2003–2008 $150,000–$192,934
Winston Brooks 2008–2014 $256,000–$266,316
Luis Valentino April–August 2015 $240,000
Raquel Reedy

2015 (as acting superintendent)

2016–2020 (as superintendent)

$200,000

$240,000–$276,186