Roughly three-fifths of Elementary School Principals in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $52K to $111K per year, and the average comes out to $80K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Elementary School Principals survey participants are largely women, dominating at 66 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Elementary School Principals claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,639 - $110,745
$52K
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$110K
MEDIAN: $79,681
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$51,686 - $111,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 761

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Job Description for Elementary School Principal

Elementary school principals must almost always have a master’s degree in education or a related field. Some employers prefer that candidates possess a PhD in Education or Educational Leadership. Some positions require a principal’s certification and/or license.

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Elementary School Principal Tasks

  • Oversee school administration, curriculum, programs, services, and resources.
  • Communicate school goals, vision, and needs to teachers, parents, the community, and school board.
  • Establish academic and behavioral standards for students and administer student discipline.
  • Ensure compliance with all laws, implement emergency plans, and establish safety regulations.
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate school teaching staff, administrative staff, kitchen staff, and custodians.

Common Career Paths for Elementary School Principal


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Many Elementary School Principals move into a School Superintendent role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $106K per year. Elementary School Principals most frequently become Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators and Middle School Principals and Headmasters even though median compensation is $19K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Elementary School Principal


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Elementary School Principals who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Team Leadership, Leadership, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Curriculum Planning are similarly competent in Team Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Elementary School 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $74K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $80K. Elementary School Principals with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $84K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,860

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

With a pay rate for Elementary School Principals that is 52 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Elementary School Principals will also find cushy salaries in New York (+45 percent), Washington (+30 percent), Detroit (+25 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). Elementary School Principals in Orlando take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are San Antonio and Denver (7 percent lower).

Elementary School Principal Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Elementary School Principal?

Elementary School Principal in Redding:
Pros: Working with students and building relationships with families, staff and community. I enjoy the ability to set a climate where students can achieve high academic standards.
Cons: Required paperwork that is not directly tied to student outcomes.

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Key Stats for Elementary School Principal

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
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Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Elementary School Principal Salaries




National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Elementary School Principal Salaries

Childhood Education
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National Average
$80,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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