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Assistant Principal Salary (United States)

Assistant Principals in the United States usually make around $67K per year. Compensation ranges from $47K on the lower end to $95K per year on the higher end. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant Principals (56 percent). Most Assistant Principals like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Assistant Principal Salary (?
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$46,791 - $94,525
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67K
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95K
MEDIAN: $66,873
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Assistant Principal Salary (?
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$13.64 - $40.27
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$46,791 - $94,525  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,066  
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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$46,681 - $94,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 860
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.64 - $40.27  
   
Overtime
$24.87 - $46.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,066  
   
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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$46,681 - $94,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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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At the upper end, Assistant Principals who move into a School Superintendent role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The typical income for School Superintendents is $105K per year. When Assistant Principals are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Elementary School Principals or High School Principals. Those roles pay an additional $6K and $17K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Principal

Assistant Principals report a narrow range of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Team Leadership command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Those educated in Curriculum Planning tend to be well versed in Oral / Verbal Communication.

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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $70K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Assistant Principal with more than 20 years of experience can earn $74K on average. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining close to a seventh.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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New York
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Atlanta
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Washington
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Los Angeles
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Pittsburgh
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Detroit
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Cleveland
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National Average
$67,000
Baltimore
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Denver
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Houston
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For Assistant Principals, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other big spenders include New York, Atlanta, Washington, and Detroit, top-paying cities where Assistant Principals see paychecks higher than average (+23 percent, +11 percent, +8 percent, and +4 percent). Assistant Principals in Tampa make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston and Indianapolis (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Assistant Principal Salaries

National Average
$67,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Principal Salaries

Team Leadership
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Curriculum Planning
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Leadership
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National Average
$67,000
Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%