Assistant Principal Salary

Median pay for Assistant Principals in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $67K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $48K and $96K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant Principals (57 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Assistant Principals is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,208 - $95,975
(Median)
$48K
$67K
$96K
MEDIAN: $67,062
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$14.09 - $40.55
(Median)
$14
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,208 - $95,975  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,065  
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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$48,332 - $96,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 902
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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,065  
   
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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$48,332 - $96,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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. The most common next step for an Assistant Principal is to become an Elementary School Principal or a High School Principal. The former position pays an additional $6K per year on average, and the latter position pays $18K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Principal


Assistant Principals report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Team Leadership command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Those familiar with Leadership also tend to know 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $64K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $66K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $68K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Assistant Principals, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Assistant Principals will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+31 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and St. Louis (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (13 percent less) and Indianapolis (12 percent less).

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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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Leadership
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National Average
$67,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Curriculum Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
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: 8%
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