High School Principal Salary

A High School Principal earns an average salary of $86,770 per year. A skill in Organizational Development is associated with high pay for this job. 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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$56,380 - $124,156
$56K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,366
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$0$125K
Salary $56,380 - $124,156
Bonus $0.00 - $5,106
Profit Sharing $6,000
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$57,460 - $125,438
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 339

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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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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
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects High School Principal Salaries

▲3%

National Average
$91,000

▼4%

▼9%

▼14%

Skills That Affect High School Principal Salaries

Organizational Development
▲15%



National Average
$91,000

▼2%

Curriculum Planning
▼12%

Administration
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 9%
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