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Assistant Principal Salary

Assistant Principals in the United States can expect wages of $67K annually on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $48K, and the top verges on $96K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,664 - $95,998
(Median)
$48K
$67K
$96K
MEDIAN: $66,816
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$14.09 - $40.55
(Median)
$14
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$47,664 - $95,998  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,036  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $205.58  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,763 - $96,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 891
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $40.55  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $50.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,036  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $205.58  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$47,763 - $96,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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Job Description for Assistant Principal

An assistant principal holds a supervisory, management-level position in a school. They help ensure that standards related to curriculum, discipline, and organization are met across all areas of the institution; related to this, they ensure that standards and guidelines set by the principal are enforced. Normally assistant principals work in middle schools and high schools, although larger elementary schools also usually have individuals in this position.

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Assistant Principal Tasks

  • Supervise and evaluate school teaching staff and support staff, help coordinate staff training and mentoring.
  • Assist the principal with managing school administration, curriculum, programs, services, and resources.
  • Ensure compliance with all laws, implement emergency plans, and enforce safety regulations.
  • Establish academic and behavioral standards for students and administer student discipline.
  • Communicate school goals, vision, and needs to teachers, parents, and the community.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Principal


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Assistant Principals' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a School Superintendent. The average School Superintendent brings home $105K per year. Assistant Principals most often move into positions as Elementary School Principals or High School Principals; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Principal


Assistant Principals typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Team Leadership can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. For most people, competency in Leadership indicates knowledge of Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Principal

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Assistant Principals do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $65K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $66K. For Assistant Principals, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $68K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Assistant Principals that is 30 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Assistant Principals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+30 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), Washington (+16 percent), and Atlanta (+13 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Houston (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assistant Principal Salaries



National Average
$67,000



Skills That Affect Assistant Principal Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 27%

Leadership
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

Curriculum Planning
0%

National Average
$67,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%
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