High School Principal Salary

High School Principals in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent around three in five of High School Principals. Salaries average out to around $86K annually and spread from $53K to $120K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for High School Principals is extremely high. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of High School Principals are male. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$53,807 - $119,702
(Median)
$54K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,628
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$53,807 - $119,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,658  
Profit Sharing
$7,000  
Total Pay (?
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$53,248 - $120,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 654
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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.

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Popular Skills for High School Principal


Survey results suggest that High School Principals use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Organizational Development can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Those listing Administration as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people experienced in Leadership also know Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for High 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 with less than five years' experience earn around $76K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $82K. After working for 10 to 20 years, High School Principals make a median salary of $89K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $95K.

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Experience Affects High School Principal Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$86,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect High School Principal Salaries

Organizational Development
up arrow 21%

Leadership
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$86,000

Administration
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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