High School Principals who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just under two-thirds of High School Principals. Pay fluctuates from $54K to $121K per year, but expected earnings average $86K 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. Men account for the majority of High School Principals who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$54,214 - $120,902
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$54K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,867
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$54,214 - $120,902  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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$54,136 - $121,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 441
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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


High School Principals report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. For most people, competency in Leadership indicates knowledge of Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for High School Principal

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For High School Principals, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. High School Principals in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $79K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $82K. High School Principals bring in $87K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $93K.

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Experience Affects High School Principal Salaries



National Average
$86,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect High School Principal Salaries

Organizational Development
up arrow 21%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

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 35 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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