Nearly two in three 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 $148K per year, but median earnings come to around $85K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. For the most part, Principals and Headmasters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 61 percent of Principals and Headmasters are male. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,073 - $147,280
$50K
$85K
$150K
MEDIAN: $84,805
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$50,073 - $147,280  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $67,000  
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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$50,004 - $148,032  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 206

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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. It is not unusual for a Principal or Headmaster to become an Elementary School Principal or a High School Principal.

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Pay by Experience Level for Principal / Headmaster

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $69K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $81K. For Principals and Headmasters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $95K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $93K.

Principal / Headmaster Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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
39 %
Male
61 %

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
15%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Principal / Headmaster Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$85,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Principal / Headmaster Salaries

Leadership
up arrow 52%

National Average
$85,000

Organizational Development
up arrow 1%

Operations Management
up arrow 24%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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