Elementary School Principal Salary
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.
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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.Read More...
They must have leadership and interpersonal skills. They must have work experience in supervising and evaluating staff. They must have experience working in the educational field. They must perform teachers’ evaluations in a timely manner, based on their school district’s policies and guidelines. They must have certain personal characteristics that are required for working effectively with students, their parents, teachers, school district administrators, and the general public. They must encourage and inspire their students to succeed academically. They must lead and guide the teachers to be fair and transparent in working with students. They may have to attend various meetings related to their teachers’ unions. They must have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must be flexible, since they may be required to work longer hours.
In addition to maintaining academic expectations and goals, they must maintain a safe learning environment for all students. They must be able to multitask. They must have strong decision-making skills. They must have excellent presentation skills since they are often required to make presentations to the community, students’ parents, district administrators, and many others. They must be able to manage and develop a school budget.
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
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
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).
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