High School Principal Salary

High School Principals in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $86K per year on average but can range from $53K to $122K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more male High School Principals than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. For the most part, High School Principals enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$53,117 - $121,571
$53K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $86,071
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$53,117 - $121,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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$53,089 - $122,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 425

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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 suggest that High School Principals put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Organizational Development, Budget Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Administration and Curriculum Planning as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people who know 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.


For many High School Principals, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. High School Principals in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $78K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $82K. High School Principals claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $86K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a High School Principal with more than 20 years of experience can earn $93K on average.

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Key Stats for High School Principal

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects High School Principal Salaries

▲7%

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National Average
$86,000

▼5%

Entry-Level
▼10%

Skills That Affect High School Principal Salaries

Organizational Development
▲21%



▲1%

National Average
$86,000

Curriculum Planning
▼4%

Administration
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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