High School Principal Salary

The majority of High School Principals in the United States — approximately two in three — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $55K to $123K per year, and the median is $87K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male High School Principals are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 69 percent of professionals. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$54,517 - $122,422
$55K
$87K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,089
10%
50%
90%

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$15.98 - $45.00
$30
MEDIAN: $29.92
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$0$123K
Salary $54,517 - $122,422
Bonus $0.00 - $5,117
Profit Sharing $6,000
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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$54,827 - $123,463
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 358
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $29.92
Overtime $49.00
Annual Data $0$123K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,117
Profit Sharing $6,000
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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$54,827 - $123,463
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5

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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

  • 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.

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Popular Skills for High School Principal


Survey results show that High School Principals use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Organizational Development, Budget Management, People Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 20 percent. Administration and Curriculum Planning, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people who know Leadership also know Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for High School Principal

Pay by Experience for a High School Principal has a positive trend. An entry-level High School Principal with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 100 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A High 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 $82,000 based on 121 salaries. An experienced High School Principal which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 161 salaries. A High 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 $93,000 based on 124 salaries.

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Key Stats for High School Principal

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects High School Principal Salaries

▲7%

National Average
$87,000

▼1%

▼6%

▼11%

Skills That Affect High School Principal Salaries

Organizational Development
▲20%



▲2%

National Average
$87,000

Curriculum Planning
▼9%

Administration
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 11%
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