Principal / Headmaster Salary

Close to 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 $142K per year, but median earnings come to around $84K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Principals and Headmasters who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 60 percent. Although just under a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,998 - $138,783
$50K
$84K
$140K
MEDIAN: $83,697
10%
50%
90%

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$0$141K
Salary $49,998 - $138,783
Bonus $5.86 - $21,287
Profit Sharing $5,000
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$50,087 - $141,836
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 240

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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 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.

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 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Principal / Headmaster Salaries

Experienced
▲9%

Late-Career
▲6%

National Average
$84,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Principal / Headmaster Salaries

Leadership
▲54%

Organizational Development
▲1%

National Average
$84,000

Operations Management
▼23%

Curriculum Planning
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 22%
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