The average superintendent salary at St. Louis-area school districts and charter schools increased by nearly 20 percent from 2007 to 2017 and by 34 percent since 2003, according to data submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

An increase in administration spending is happening across the state, according to a report from state Auditor Nicole Galloway. In the report, which was released in December, Galloway said that from 2011 to 2016, school districts in Missouri increased their administration spending per student by 14 percent, while spending on instruction increased just 9 percent in that same period.

The highest-paid superintendent in the St. Louis area is Jim Simpson of the Lindbergh School District, who is retiring at the end of this school year. Simpson oversees a district with an annual budget of $73 million, 800 employees and 6,850 students.

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