A High School Principal earns an average salary of $82,604 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Budget Management and People Management. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
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$54,644 - $120,713
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MEDIAN: $82,604
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$54,644 - $120,713  
   
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$0.00 - $9,696  
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$55,078 - $121,144  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 503
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Job Description for High School Principal
High school principals are responsible for all aspects of the administration of a high school. They provide leadership and are the final authority within their institution. They provide educational planning by assessing and updating the curriculum, as well as supervise teachers and give feedback regarding performance. High school principals make priority decisions regarding various departments and funding options, in line with budgetary constraints. At all times, they must seek to improve educational efficiency and quality. High school principals oversee the student body and provide dispute resolution and ultimate disciplinary decisions once issues have surpassed the teacher and counselor level. Additionally, principals are responsible for ensuring their school meets all necessary academic and safety regulations and guidelines. High school principals make hiring and firing decisions regarding teaching and support staff. In the case of private schools, principals also help set admission standards and make admissions decisions as needed.
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High School Principal Tasks
  • 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.
  • Establish academic and behavioral standards for students and administer student discipline.
  • Oversee school administration, curriculum, programs, services, and resources.
  • Communicate school goals, vision, and needs to teachers, parents, the community, and school board.
Pay by Experience Level for High School Principal
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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Experience Affects High School Principal Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%
Experienced
up arrow 6%
National Average
$84,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect High School Principal Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 11%
People Management
up arrow 11%
National Average
$84,000
Curriculum Planning
up arrow 4%
Administration
up arrow 24%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 24%
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 138 votes.
Gender
Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
24%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 8%
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