Principal / Headmaster Salary

Nearly two-thirds of Principals and Headmasters in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $50K to $139K per year, but median earnings come to around $84K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The majority of Principals and Headmasters (62 percent) who took the survey are men. Work is enjoyable for Principals and Headmasters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,590 - $143,183
$50K
$84K
$140K
MEDIAN: $84,192
10%
50%
90%

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$21.07 - $30.34
$29
MEDIAN: $29.28
50%

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$0$144K
Salary $49,590 - $143,183
Bonus $5.70 - $21,639
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$49,664 - $144,079
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 248
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $29.28
Overtime $50.87
Annual Data $0$144K
Bonus $5.70 - $21,639
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$49,664 - $144,079
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5

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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. Principals and Headmasters go on to become Elementary School Principals more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $74K. Principals and Headmasters who move into a High School Principal role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $86K.

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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
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Principal / Headmaster Salaries

Experienced
▲9%

Late-Career
▲6%

National Average
$85,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼17%

Skills That Affect Principal / Headmaster Salaries

Leadership
▲54%

Organizational Development
▲1%

National Average
$85,000

Operations Management
▼23%

Curriculum Planning
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 23%
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