Assistant Principal Salary (United States)

Salaries for Assistant Principals in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $67,130 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $46,681 to $94,925 per year. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant Principals (56 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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  
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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  
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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  
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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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Assistant Principals may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level School Superintendent position may earn an additional $37K per year. Assistant Principals typically move into roles as Elementary School Principals or High School Principals, where they can expect an extra $5,927 or $17,381 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 can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Most people familiar with Curriculum Planning also know 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. Salaries go up slowly for those just starting out, crawling from $65K to $66K after five to 10 years in the field. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $69,855. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Assistant Principals tend to earn $77K at this point in time. 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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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New York
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Atlanta
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Los Angeles
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Pittsburgh
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Detroit
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Cleveland
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National Average
$67,000
Baltimore
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Denver
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Houston
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For those looking to make money, Assistant Principals in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Atlanta, Washington, and Detroit, top-paying markets where Assistant Principals rake in more than the national norm (+23 percent, +11 percent, +8 percent, and +4 percent). Assistant Principals in Tampa report much lower salaries than the rest of the country—23 percent below the national average—proving that residency is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Houston and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-10 percent and -10 percent, respectively).

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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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