Assistant Principal Salary
|Salary||$50,182 - $100,972|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,160|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $5,960|
|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).)
|$50,214 - $100,971|
|Hourly Rate||$15.81 - $40.76|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,160|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $5,960|
|Total Pay (||$50,214 - $100,971|
Job Description for Assistant Principal
An assistant principal holds a supervisory, management-level position in a school. They help ensure that standards related to curriculum, discipline, and organization are met across all areas of the institution; related to this, they ensure that standards and guidelines set by the principal are enforced. Normally assistant principals work in middle schools and high schools, although larger elementary schools also usually have individuals in this position.Read More...
The assistant principal work with teachers to help address classroom management and help administer disciplinary action. They help coordinate scheduling and supply needs, as well as oversee purchasing decisions. They help evaluate and coach teachers and staff; they also facilitate training and development for these professionals. Additionally, assistant principals work with other administrators to provide a unified vision on school policy and philosophy. They work with the students to ensure an environment that promotes social and educational development as well.
Assistant principals normally have an academic background in education themselves, possessing a bachelor's degree in an education-related field. Additionally, many districts and private schools prefer some sort of post-graduate degree in education administration. Depending on the location of the school district or private school, there will likely be necessary certifications in education/administration required to work as an assistant principal as well. The position normally requires classroom teaching experience, and many schools hire from within their own ranks of teachers to fill available positions at this level.
An assistant principal generally works fairly long hours on weekdays, starting well before school opens and continuing frequently into late afternoons and early evenings as situations require. They normally have their own office, and share an office administration staff with any other school administrators at the particular school. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Assistant Principal Tasks
- Establish academic and behavioral standards for students and administer student discipline.
- Communicate school goals, vision, and needs to teachers, parents, and the community.
- Ensure compliance with all laws, implement emergency plans, and enforce safety regulations.
- Supervise and evaluate school teaching staff and support staff, help coordinate staff training and mentoring.
- Assist the principal with managing school administration, curriculum, programs, services, and resources.
Common Career Paths for Assistant Principal
At the upper end, Assistant Principals who move into a School Superintendent role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for School Superintendents is a much higher $106K per year. When Assistant Principals are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Elementary School Principals or High School Principals. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $15K, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Assistant Principal
Survey results imply that Assistant Principals put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Oral / Verbal Communication, Team Leadership, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Leadership also know Curriculum Planning.
Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Principal
Pay by Experience for an Assistant Principal has a positive trend. An entry-level Assistant Principal with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 280 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Principal with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 216 salaries. An experienced Assistant Principal which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 267 salaries. An Assistant Principal with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 123 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Assistant Principals that is 43 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Assistant Principals will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and St. Louis (+12 percent). Indianapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Tampa and 12 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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