Assistant Principal Salary

Assistant Principals in the United States take home an average $68K annually. Pay generally varies between $49K and $97K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Assistant Principals enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Assistant Principals who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$49,193 - $97,200
(Median)
$49K
$68K
$97K
MEDIAN: $68,340
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50%
90%

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$13.38 - $40.13
(Median)
$13
$25
$40
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,193 - $97,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,020  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$49,195 - $97,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 975
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $40.13  
   
Overtime
$43.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$49,195 - $97,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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 $106K annually. When Assistant Principals are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Elementary School Principals or Middle School Principals and Headmasters. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $6K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Principal


Assistant Principals report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $66K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $68K on average. Assistant Principals bring in $70K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Assistant Principals reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,615

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Assistant Principals in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant Principals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+30 percent), Washington (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 20 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (14 percent less) and Dallas (13 percent less).

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Experience Affects Assistant Principal Salaries



National Average
$69,000



Skills That Affect Assistant Principal Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 24%

People Management
up arrow 17%

Leadership
0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

National Average
$69,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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