How much does your school district pay its superintendent?


Huntsville, Alabama (RELATED) – Being a school principal can earn you a hefty salary – if you want it.

Alabama school superintendents’ salaries range from $75,000 to $300,000 a year, according to new data from the Alabama State Department of Education. The given data is for 23 fiscal years.

Mobile County Superintendent of Schools Chrysal D. Threadgill is the state’s highest-paid superintendent at $287,816 a year. The highest salary for a superintendent in north Alabama was Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Christy Finley, at $249,184 a year.

Here are the top 10 annual salaries for Alabama executives in 2023:

  1. District mobile schools: $287,816
  2. Baldwin County Schools: $275,251
  3. Tuscaloosa City Schools: $272,755
  4. Birmingham City Schools: $269,100
  5. Montgomery County Schools: $265,200
  6. Alabaster City Schools: $265,064
  7. Lee County Schools: $262,744
  8. Orange Beach City Schools: 260,000 dollars
  9. Huntsville City Schools: $249,184
  10. Mountain Brook City Schools: $247,510

Other north Alabama school systems with leaders in the top six include Decatur City Schools at $221,133, Madison City Schools at $219,000, Marshall County Schools at $197,494 and Florence City at $183,434.

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