Elementary School Principal Salary

Slightly less than two-thirds 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 $51K to $113K per year, and the average comes out to $80K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Elementary School Principals, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Elementary School Principals who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 69 percent. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,050 - $112,770
$51K
$80K
$110K
MEDIAN: $80,107
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50%
90%

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$22.50 - $32.50
$30
MEDIAN: $30.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,050 - $112,770  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$2.50  
Total Pay (?
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$51,070 - $113,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 730
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$30.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
   
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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$51,070 - $113,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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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 often transition into School Superintendent positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, School Superintendents earn $106K per year. A lot of Elementary School Principals advance their careers by becoming Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators and Middle School Principals and Headmasters. However, those positions offer $20K less and $5K less per year on average.

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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. It is often found that people who know Curriculum Planning are also skilled in 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: $80,200

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

Elementary School Principals will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 43 percent. 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). One of the biggest compensable factors for Elementary School Principals is geography, with workers in Orlando earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Denver (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%
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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 63 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 12%
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