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Assistant Principal Salary

Assistant Principals in the United States can expect wages of $67K per year on average. Pay generally varies between $48K and $97K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Assistant Principals is high. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant Principals (56 percent) survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,539 - $96,337
MEDIAN: $66,836

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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.
$47,539 - $96,337  
$0.00 - $5,036  
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$0.00 - $205.58  
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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).
$47,764 - $96,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 874

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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.


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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For Assistant Principals, progressing to a School Superintendent role may result in a significant raise. On average, a School Superintendent can earn $105K annually. Assistant Principals moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Elementary School Principals or High School Principals. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Principal

Assistant Principals who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Team Leadership command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Those educated in Leadership tend to be well versed in Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Principal

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

For Assistant Principals, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $65K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $67K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Assistant Principals make a median salary of $68K. Assistant Principals who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Assistant Principals, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Assistant Principals will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+13 percent). Tampa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (11 percent lower) and Houston (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Assistant Principal Salaries

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Skills That Affect Assistant Principal Salaries

Team Leadership
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Curriculum Planning
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Oral / Verbal Communication

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 158 votes.


56 %
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 8%