$89,569
Avg. Salary
$39.31
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,052

Bonus

$5,000

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a High School Principal is $39.31 per hour.

The average pay for a High School Principal is $89,569 per year.

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$16.98
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$55k
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MEDIAN $89,569
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MEDIAN: $89,569
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$0$129K
Salary $54,668 - $128,739
Bonus $0.00 - $12,080
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$54,721 - $129,906
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 673
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $39.31
Overtime $43.91
Annual Data $0$129K
Bonus $0.00 - $12,080
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$54,721 - $129,906
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 9

Job Description

High school principals are responsible for all aspects of the administration of a high school. They provide leadership and are the final authority within their institution. They provide educational planning by assessing and updating the curriculum, as well as supervise teachers and give feedback regarding performance. High school principals make priority decisions regarding various departments and funding options, in line with budgetary constraints. At all times, they must seek to improve educational efficiency and quality. High school principals oversee the student body and provide dispute resolution and ultimate disciplinary decisions once issues have surpassed the teacher and counselor level. Additionally, principals are responsible for ensuring their school meets all necessary academic and safety regulations and guidelines. High school principals make hiring and firing decisions regarding teaching and support staff. In the case of private schools, principals also help set admission standards and make admissions decisions as needed.

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High 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


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High 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.

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Popular Skills


High School Principals report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Organizational Development, Budget Management, People Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. Those listing Administration and Curriculum Planning as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people familiar with Leadership also know Curriculum Planning.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a High School Principal has a positive trend. An entry-level High School Principal with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 100 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A High 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 $82,000 based on 121 salaries. An experienced High School Principal which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 161 salaries. A High 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 $93,000 based on 124 salaries.

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a High School Principal?

High School Principal in Scottsboro:
Pros: Administration
Cons: Hours

High School Principal in Los Angeles:
"Great but Stressful and Rewarding all in One."
Pros: The Diverse environment and student body make it all worthwhile
Cons: the density of the communities at times can be stressful

High School Principal in Saint George:
"Working in Saint George, Utah is fantastic. The parents and students here are very friendly, educated, and supportive of education."
Pros: I love where Saint George, Utah is located geographically and love the people that live in the community.
Cons: What I like least about working in Saint Georgy is living up to, and meeting the high expectations of both parents and students.

High School Principal in Livonia:
"Battling behind the scenes."
Pros: People. No 2 days the same.
Cons: Stress. People.

Related Job Salaries

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
30%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲4%

National Average
$90,000

▼3%

▼8%

▼13%

How Skills Affect Salaries

Organizational Development
▲16%



National Average
$90,000

▼1%

Curriculum Planning
▼11%

Administration
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 10%