Assistant Principal Salary

Average Assistant Principals in the United States make around $67K annually. Earnings generally vary between $49K and $96K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Work is enjoyable for Assistant Principals, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,378 - $96,032

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$14.09 - $40.55

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,378 - $96,032  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,021  
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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$48,502 - $96,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 913
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 - $5,021  
   
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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$48,502 - $96,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as School Superintendent. The latter position pays an average of $105K annually. 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 $18K, 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. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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. Assistant Principals see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Assistant Principals, New York provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. Assistant Principals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+31 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (13 percent less) and Dallas (12 percent less).

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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 127 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: 8%
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