Assistant Principal Salary (United States)

Assistant Principals in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $67,130 annually. Compensation starts at $46,681 and can reach $94,925 per year. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant Principals (56 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Assistant Principal Salary (?
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$46,791 - $94,525
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MEDIAN: $66,873
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Assistant Principal Salary (?
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$13.64 - $40.27
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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 (?
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$46,681 - $94,925  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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As Assistant Principals make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $37K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as School Superintendent. Assistant Principals moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Elementary School Principals or High School Principals, where paychecks increase by $5,927 or $17,381 per year.

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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 can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Those proficient in Curriculum Planning are, more often than not, also skilled 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 with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Early in their career, Assistant Principals do not see a dramatic shift in salary; typically starting at $65K, pay reaches $66K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $69,855. As Assistant Principals reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$67,000
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Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Assistant Principals, 27 percent higher than the national average. New York, Atlanta, Washington, and Detroit are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Assistant Principals earning around 23 percent, 11 percent, 8 percent, and 4 percent more than average. One of the biggest compensable factors for Assistant Principals is geography, with workers in Tampa earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (-10 percent) and Indianapolis (-10 percent).

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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%
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