$80,254
Avg. Salary
$30.00
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,955

Bonus

$0.00

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Elementary School Principal is $30.00 per hour.

The average pay for an Elementary School Principal is $80,254 per year.

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$11.23
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MEDIAN $30.00
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MEDIAN $80,254
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$0$115K
Salary $50,845 - $115,320
Bonus $0.00 - $8,154
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,392
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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$50,823 - $115,642
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,249
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $11.23 - $48.94
Overtime $26.00
Annual Data $0$115K
Bonus $0.00 - $8,154
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,392
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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$50,823 - $115,642
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 12

Job Description for Elementary School Principal

Elementary school principals must almost always have a master’s degree in education or a related field. Some employers prefer that candidates possess a PhD in Education or Educational Leadership. Some positions require a principal’s certification and/or license.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Elementary School Principal


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Elementary School Principals who move on to become School Superintendents may enjoy significant pay raises, as School Superintendents get paid an average of $106K per year. Elementary School Principals most often advance into Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrator and Middle School Principal or Headmaster positions even though the median salaries are $20K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

Elementary School Principal Job Listings

Popular Skills for Elementary School Principal


Professional skills reported by Elementary School Principals are few in number. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Team Leadership, Curriculum Planning, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Curriculum Planning also know Team Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Elementary School Principal

Pay by Experience for an Elementary School Principal has a positive trend. An entry-level Elementary School Principal with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 209 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Elementary School Principal with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 176 salaries. An experienced Elementary School Principal which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 284 salaries. An Elementary School Principal with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 192 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,403

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Elementary School Principals, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Elementary School Principals can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Washington (+29 percent), Detroit (+25 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, Orlando Elementary School Principals have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (10 percent less) and Denver (7 percent less).

Elementary School Principal Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Elementary School Principal?

Elementary School Principal in Leominster:
"Small town feel, friendly coworkers."
Pros: No commute, pleasant environment
Cons: Low pay

Elementary School Principal in Lincolnton:
"Education involves a learning curve at every level."
Be aware of the stress of Human Resource issues, everyone is not like you were! Even if you consider yourself a people person, there will be those who will work against you and the system" just because". "Don't take it personally" is something you need to get use to... The kids are worth it and you have to find the staff members that will be positive and supportive to keep doing what you are doing. To excel at the job, be positive, be helpful, remember we are here for the children and we should leave problems at home or at the door-- the kids deserve that!

Elementary School Principal in Philadelphia:
"Working in Philadelphia comes with many opportunities."
Pros: I love having a positive impact on the children and families in Philadelphia. I take pride in creating a safe and nurturing environment for students to learn.
Cons: Lack of resources within the school and community is what I least like about working in Philadelphia.

Elementary School Principal in Georgia:
"I wish I knew more about communicating with parents."
Be prepared for anything. Don't judge - you may have been there yourself. Stay calm in the midst of chaos.

Elementary School Principal in Redding:
Pros: Working with students and building relationships with families, staff and community. I enjoy the ability to set a climate where students can achieve high academic standards.
Cons: Required paperwork that is not directly tied to student outcomes.

Elementary School Principal in Pulaski:
"The politics involved."
Work hard and make sure you open lots of lines of communication.

Elementary School Principal in Honor:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Interaction with students.
Cons: Stress, budget constraint.

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Key Stats for Elementary School Principal

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
28%

Experience Affects Elementary School Principal Salaries

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$80,000

▼2%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Elementary School Principal Salaries

Childhood Education
▲18%


▲2%


National Average
$80,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 13%