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Working As A Superintendent

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $96,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Superintendent Do

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curricula, oversee teachers and other school staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

Duties

Elementary, middle, and high school principals typically do the following:

  • Manage school activities and staff, including teachers and support personnel
  • Establish and oversee class schedules
  • Develop, implement, and maintain curriculum standards
  • Counsel and discipline students
  • Observe teachers and classroom activities
  • Assist teachers in managing students’ behavior
  • Evaluate teachers’ performance
  • Meet with parents and teachers to discuss students’ progress and behavior
  • Assess and prepare reports on test scores and other student achievement data
  • Organize professional development programs and workshops for staff
  • Manage the school’s budget, order school supplies, and schedule maintenance
  • Establish and coordinate security procedures for students, staff, and visitors

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage the overall operation of schools, including building maintenance and cafeteria services. They set and oversee academic goals and ensure that teachers have the necessary equipment and resources. In public schools, principals also implement standards and programs set by the school district, state, and/or federal regulations. They evaluate and prepare reports on their school’s performance based on these standards by assessing student achievement and teacher performance. Principals may establish and oversee additional programs in their school, such as counseling, special education programs, and before- and after-school childcare programs.

Principals serve as the public face of their school. They meet with superintendents, legislators, and members of the community to request or explain funding for their schools. They also address the concerns of parents and members of the community.

The duties of principals vary by the size of the school and district. In larger schools and districts, principals have additional resources and staff to help them achieve goals. For example, large school districts often have instructional coordinators who help with data analysis and with teachers’ professional development. Principals also may have staff who oversee the hiring process of all school personnel, including teachers, custodians, and cafeteria workers. Principals in small school districts may need to assume these and other duties themselves.

Many schools have assistant principals who help principals with school administration. Principals typically assign specific administrative duties to their assistant principals. In some school districts, assistant principals are hired to handle a specific subject area, such as literacy or math. Assistants may be assigned to handle student safety, provide student academic counseling, or enforce disciplinary or attendance rules. They may also coordinate buses or supervise building and grounds maintenance.

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How To Become A Superintendent

Most schools require elementary, middle, and high school principals to have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most principals also have work experience as teachers.

Education

Principals typically need a master’s degree in education leadership or education administration. These master’s degree programs prepare future principals to manage staff, prepare and manage budgets, set goals, and work with parents and the community. To enter the master’s degree programs, candidates typically need a bachelor’s degree in education, school counseling, or a related field.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Principals typically need several years of work experience as a teacher. For more information on how to become a teacher, see the profiles on kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require public school principals to be licensed as school administrators. Licensure requirements vary by state, but most require a master’s degree. Some states have alternative programs for candidates who do not have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most states also require candidates to pass an exam and a background check.

Principals in private schools are not required to have a state-issued license.

Advancement

An assistant principal can advance to become a principal. Some principals advance to become superintendents, which may require completion of additional education. Others become instructional coordinators.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Principals must communicate effectively with students, teachers, and parents. For example, when dealing with student disciplinary or academic issues, they consult with and listen to parents and teachers to understand the problem.

Critical-thinking skills. Principals analyze student test results and testing procedures to determine if improvements are needed. They must assess the available options and choose the best means to help students achieve better results.

Decisionmaking skills. Because principals are responsible for students, staff members, and the overall operation of the school, they consider many factors when making decisions.

Interpersonal skills. Because principals work with teachers, parents, and superintendents, they must be able to develop positive working relationships with them.

Leadership skills. Principals set educational goals and establish policies and procedures for the school. They need to be able to motivate teachers and other staff to achieve set goals.

Problem-solving skills. Teachers, students, and other staff members report problems to the principal. Principals need to be able to analyze problems, and develop and implement appropriate solutions.

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Average Length of Employment
General Contractor 5.5 years
Superintendent 5.0 years
Top Careers Before Superintendent
Foreman 13.4%
Owner 7.6%
Carpenter 6.7%
Supervisor 5.7%
Manager 2.5%
Top Careers After Superintendent
Owner 8.6%
Foreman 5.9%
Supervisor 3.8%
Carpenter 3.1%
Manager 3.0%
Estimator 1.8%
Consultant 1.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$96,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$164,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BP America Inc.
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
5.2 years
How much does a Superintendent make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Superintendent in the United States is $96,957 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $164,000.

Real Superintendent Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Commissioning Superintendent Chiyoda International Corporation Houston, TX Oct 10, 2016 $370,000
Driling Superintendent Marathon Oil Company Houston, TX Jun 11, 2012 $167,000
Vessel Superintendent Canyon Offshore Inc. Houston, TX Aug 05, 2016 $156,506 -
$180,810
Hsec Superintendent Broken Hill Proprietary (USA), Inc. Vancouver, WA Sep 14, 2012 $155,000
Hsec Superintendent Broken Hill Proprietary (USA), Inc. Vancouver, WA Dec 19, 2011 $155,000
Commissioning Superintendent Lummus Technology, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Sep 09, 2016 $150,000
Commissioning Superintendent Lummus Technology, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Sep 08, 2016 $150,000
Field Superintendent Savanna Energy Services (USA) Corp. Waynesburg, PA Feb 18, 2015 $150,000
Superintendent Processes Broken Hill Proprietary (USA) Inc. Tucson, AZ Aug 01, 2012 $150,000
Commissioning Superintendent CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Aug 10, 2015 $149,760
Instrumentation Superintendent BP America Inc. Whiting, IN Oct 01, 2015 $145,100
Superintendent Traylor Bros., Inc. Washington, DC Oct 04, 2012 $130,795
Vessel Technical Superintendent Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 08, 2016 $130,000
Vessel Technical Superintendent Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 01, 2016 $130,000
Superintendent Bencor Corporation of America Foundation Specialis Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2012 $130,000
Cargo Superintendent AAL Shipping (USA) LLC Houston, TX Sep 20, 2016 $129,917 -
$150,000
LNG Fleet Technical Superintendent Sonangol Marine Services Houston, TX Feb 18, 2015 $127,150
Vessel Superintendent Canyon Offshore Inc. Houston, TX May 07, 2014 $126,090 -
$161,330
Vessel Superintendent Canyon Offshore Inc. Houston, TX Apr 05, 2012 $126,006 -
$161,330
Technical Superintendent Princess Cruises Santa Clarita, CA Mar 31, 2011 $101,885
Superintendent Process Entergy Louisiana LLC Laplace, LA Mar 21, 2011 $101,301
Superintendent Process II Entergy Louisiana LLC Laplace, LA Mar 21, 2011 $101,301
Superintendent, Standards and Change Control Pinto Valley Mining Corp. Miami, AZ Aug 07, 2014 $101,213 -
$197,364
Superintendent Hayward Baker, Inc. MD Jul 01, 2015 $99,675
Superintendent Hayward Baker, Inc. MD Jan 07, 2015 $99,675
Superintendent-Technical Kennecott Utah Copper, LLC UT Jan 18, 2016 $98,717 -
$153,900

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Top Skills for A Superintendent

  1. General Contractors
  2. Military Personnel
  3. ISO
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  • Coordinate sub contractors, materials and communications with general contractors on residential & commercial roofing jobs.
  • Managed internal control and suspense procedures to ensure timely submission of effectiveness and performance reports for all base military personnel.
  • Maintain excellent communication with project managers/supervisors, clients, and subcontractors.
  • Organized scheduling of sub-contractors and monitored work efficiency, quality and performance.
  • Job Description / Duties: New Construction on tank liners, barges, wing tanks and Inner bottoms.

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Top 10 Best States for Superintendents

  1. Washington
  2. Texas
  3. Delaware
  4. Oregon
  5. Connecticut
  6. Alaska
  7. Maryland
  8. New Jersey
  9. Minnesota
  10. Nebraska
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Superintendent Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 53,814 Superintendent resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Superintendent Demographics

Gender

Male

85.3%

Unknown

7.9%

Female

6.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.5%

French

4.6%

Portuguese

4.5%

Italian

2.7%

Carrier

2.7%

Russian

2.2%

German

2.2%

Albanian

1.3%

Dakota

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Korean

1.1%

Polish

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Mandarin

0.6%

Finnish

0.6%

Croatian

0.6%

Japanese

0.6%

Hindi

0.5%

Hawaiian

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%
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Superintendent Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

21.4%

University of Phoenix

15.2%

The Academy

6.2%

Texas A&M University

5.6%

Michigan State University

4.3%

Ashford University

4.3%

Columbia Southern University

3.6%

Purdue University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Auburn University

3.3%

Webster University

3.2%

Wayland Baptist University

3.1%

American University

3.0%

Trident University International

3.0%

University of Houston

2.9%

University of Florida

2.8%

University of Maryland - University College

2.6%

Oklahoma State University

2.5%

Ohio State University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

29.0%

Construction Management

13.6%

Management

6.9%

Civil Engineering

4.6%

Education

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Project Management

4.0%

General Studies

3.7%

Educational Leadership

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Engineering

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Accounting

2.3%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Property Management

2.0%

Finance

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

34.6%

Bachelors

31.0%

Associate

13.5%

Masters

11.5%

Certificate

5.9%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.5%
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