Assistant Principal Salary

The average Assistant Principal in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $70K per year. Cash earnings for Assistant Principals — which sometimes include more than $5K from bonuses — stretch from around $50K to approximately $100K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women Assistant Principals who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,182 - $100,972
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$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,038
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$15.81 - $40.76
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MEDIAN: $25.01
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$0$100K
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).
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$50,214 - $100,971
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 790
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $15.81 - $40.76
Overtime $25.00
Annual Data $0$100K
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).
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$50,214 - $100,971
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 10

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.

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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


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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

National Average: $70,946

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Assistant Principal

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
17%

Experience Affects Assistant Principal Salaries

▲7%

▲2%

National Average
$71,000

▼4%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Assistant Principal Salaries

People Management
▲13%

National Average
$71,000

Leadership
▼1%


Team Leadership
▼1%

Curriculum Planning
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 12%