Assistant Principal Salary

The average Assistant Principal in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $67K annually. Compensation ranges from $48K on the lower end to $96K per year on the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant Principals (57 percent) survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,260 - $95,899
(Median)
$48K
$67K
$96K
MEDIAN: $67,249
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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
$48,260 - $95,899  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,044  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $203.47  
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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$48,382 - $96,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 907
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $40.55  
   
Overtime
$12.38 - $44.85  
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 - $5,044  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $203.47  
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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$48,382 - $96,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 who go on to become School Superintendents may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for School Superintendents is $105K annually. Career advancement for the typical Assistant Principal often leads to becoming an Elementary School Principal or a High School Principal; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Principal


Survey takers who work as Assistant Principals report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Team Leadership can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Most people experienced in Leadership also know 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $64K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $67K. Assistant Principals see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Assistant Principals, New York offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Assistant Principals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+31 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tampa, 17 percent below the national average. Workers in Dallas and Indianapolis earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 13 percent.

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Experience Affects Assistant Principal Salaries



National Average
$68,000



Skills That Affect Assistant Principal Salaries

Team Leadership
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Leadership
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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National Average
$68,000

Curriculum Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 9%
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