Elementary School Principal Salary

With just below two-thirds of Elementary School Principals in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $51K to $113K per year and averages out to $80K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women account for the majority of Elementary School Principals who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$50,731 - $112,656
$51K
$80K
$110K
MEDIAN: $80,091
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50%
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$15.00 - $45.00
$30
MEDIAN: $30.00
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$0$112K
Salary $50,731 - $112,656
Bonus $0.00 - $9,955
Profit Sharing $2.50
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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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$50,661 - $112,956
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 684
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $30.00
Overtime $0.00
Annual Data $0$112K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,955
Profit Sharing $2.50
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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$50,661 - $112,956
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 7

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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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Elementary School Principals who move on to become School Superintendents may enjoy significant pay raises, as School Superintendents get paid an average of $106K per year. Elementary School Principals most often advance into Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrator and Middle School Principal or Headmaster positions even though the median salaries are $20K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Elementary School Principal


Professional skills reported by Elementary School Principals are few in number. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Team Leadership, Curriculum Planning, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Curriculum Planning also know Team Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Elementary School Principal

Pay by Experience for an Elementary School Principal has a positive trend. An entry-level Elementary School Principal with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 209 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Elementary School Principal with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 176 salaries. An experienced Elementary School Principal which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 284 salaries. An Elementary School Principal with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 192 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,236

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

For Elementary School Principals, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Elementary School Principals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Washington (+29 percent), Detroit (+25 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, Orlando Elementary School Principals have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (10 percent less) and Denver (7 percent less).

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.

Elementary School Principal in Honor:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Interaction with students.
Cons: Stress, budget constraint.

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Key Stats for Elementary School Principal

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Elementary School Principal Salaries

▲4%

▲3%

National Average
$80,000

▼2%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Elementary School Principal Salaries

Childhood Education
▲18%



▲2%

National Average
$80,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 13%
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