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Assistant Principal Salary (United States)

Assistant Principals in the United States pull down an average of $67K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $47K and $96K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant Principals (56 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, Assistant Principals enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Assistant Principal Salary (?
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$47,513 - $96,126
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MEDIAN: $67,082
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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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$47,513 - $96,126  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,115  
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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$47,442 - $96,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 873
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.64 - $40.27  
   
Overtime
$24.87 - $46.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,115  
   
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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$47,442 - $96,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 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 transition into upper-level roles such as School Superintendent, they may see a strong upturn in salary. School Superintendents on average earn $105K per year. Assistant Principals most often move into positions as Elementary School Principals or Middle School Principals and Headmasters; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Principal

Assistant Principals note just a narrow range of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Team Leadership can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Most people who know 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.
For Assistant Principals, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. During the first five years of their careers, Assistant Principals see a median income of $65K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $67K. Assistant Principals with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $69K. 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 $75K.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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New York
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Philadelphia
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Atlanta
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Los Angeles
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St. Louis
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Pittsburgh
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Detroit
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National Average
$67,000
Cleveland
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Baltimore
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Denver
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Houston
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Dallas
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Tampa
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With a pay rate for Assistant Principals that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Assistant Principals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Philadelphia (+16 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). Assistant Principals in Tampa make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas and Houston (10 percent lower).

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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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Curriculum Planning
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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National Average
$67,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 202 votes.

Gender

Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 9%