Principal / Headmaster Salary
|Salary||$49,998 - $138,783|
|Bonus||$5.86 - $21,287|
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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).)
|$50,087 - $141,836|
Job Description for Principal / Headmaster
School principals and headmasters serve as the head of their school and are ultimately responsible for the performance of teachers, students, and other employees. To perform the job successfully, principals must have teaching, managerial, and planning skills, as well as the ability to communicate the school’s performance and needs to school board members and other leaders within the school district. Additionally, they must communicate the needs, expectations and requirements of the school to its employees and students they also help develop and implement plans to meet these standards. They must monitor the school's budget and make regular financial reports to their supervisor(s). They also supervise disciplinary actions for students, teachers, and other staff as necessary. In the public, they also serve as a representative for the school and its administrators.Read More...
To become school principals, individuals must have strong experience as educators; they generally are promoted after demonstrating their abilities in the classroom as teachers for a substantial period of time. As teachers, they must continue their education in developing administrative skills, as well as demonstrate a thorough understanding of changing educational methods and practices. A master’s degree in education, school administration, or another relevant field is generally required as well. Principals generally are promoted from a vice principal position serving underneath a school principal. Here, they perform many of the same duties as the principal and fill in for school’s head principal when they are absent.
Principal / Headmaster Tasks
- Oversee school administration, curriculum, programs, services, and resources.
- Communicate school goals and needs to parents, the community, and the 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.
Common Career Paths for Principal / Headmaster
Principals and Headmasters often transition into School Superintendent positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, School Superintendents earn $106K per year. An Elementary School Principal role is the most prevalent career advancement for Principals and Headmasters. Paychecks for that role are $74K on average. The High School Principal position is another common transition for Principals and Headmasters; in this role, salaries are typically at the $86K mark.
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Pay by Experience Level for Principal / Headmaster
Pay by Experience for a Principal / Headmaster has a positive trend. An entry-level Principal / Headmaster with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 47 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Principal / Headmaster 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 59 salaries. An experienced Principal / Headmaster which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 103 salaries. A Principal / Headmaster with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 68 salaries.
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