School board superintendent salaries jumped 10 per cent in three years, Alberta report says
The average base pay of publicly funded school superintendents rose 10 per cent in three years while teacher wages stagnated and public sector CEO wages were frozen, says a new report.
The analysis, prepared for the Alberta School Boards’ Association (ASBA) by Western Management Consultants, and obtained by Postmedia, said Alberta superintendents earn more than their colleagues in B.C., Saskatchewan and Ontario.
In 2015-16, Alberta superintendents’ average base salaries were nearly $51,000 higher than their Ontario colleagues, the report said. The highestpaid Alberta superintendent was paid nearly double that of their highest-paid Ontario counterpart. The data, which was sent to all Alberta school board chairpersons Monday, should prompt trustees to look at the trends compared to other management positions in the province, said ASBA president Mary Martin.
“We understand that it probably will create some conversations that are going to be uncomfortable,” Martin said Monday.
As several school boards are actively recruiting new superintendents, Martin wanted trustees to have the data when drafting new agreements.