Principal / Headmaster Salary

Two in three of Principals and Headmasters in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $50K to $148K per year, and the average comes out to $85K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men make up the majority of Principals and Headmasters (60 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,160 - $146,896
$50K
$85K
$150K
MEDIAN: $84,565
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$50,160 - $146,896  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $64,962  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$50,096 - $147,736  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 212

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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.

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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


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Principals and Headmasters might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as School Superintendent, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $106K per year. Becoming an Elementary School Principal or a High School Principal is a common transition from a Principal or Headmaster role.

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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.

Principal / Headmaster Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Principal / Headmaster?

Principal / Headmaster in Louisville:
"All students want to better themselves....just show them how."
Treat your students as adults and they will respond in like fashion. They already know how to be a child.

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Key Stats for Principal / Headmaster

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
32%
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Experience Affects Principal / Headmaster Salaries

Experienced
▲8%

Late-Career
▲5%

National Average
$85,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼17%

Skills That Affect Principal / Headmaster Salaries

Leadership
▲53%

Organizational Development
▼0%

National Average
$85,000

Operations Management
▼24%

Curriculum Planning
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 14%