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.
|Salary||$51,050 - $112,770|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $9,863|
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|$51,070 - $113,072|
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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
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.
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
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).
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