Average Elementary School Principal Salary

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The average salary for an Elementary School Principal is $81,095.
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Job Description for Elementary School Principal

Elementary School Principal Tasks
  • Oversee school administration, curriculum, programs, services, and resources.
  • Communicate school goals, vision, and needs to teachers, parents, the community, and 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.

Job Satisfaction for Elementary School Principal

4.3 out of 5
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Popular Skills for Elementary School Principal

Skills in Leadership, Curriculum Planning, Team Leadership, People Management and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Elementary School Principal

An entry-level Elementary School Principal with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $68,854 based on 18 salaries. An early career Elementary School Principal with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,669 based on 236 salaries. A mid-career Elementary School Principal with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,417 based on 176 salaries. An experienced Elementary School Principal with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $83,811 based on 377 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $88,040.
Employees with Elementary School Principal in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 44.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (29.7% more) and Houston, Texas (6.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (8.8% less) and Los Angeles, California (1.4% less).

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