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What is the average salary for Principals in the United States?

Principals earn an average hourly wage of $48.37. Hourly wages typically start from $23.88 and go up to $82.23. Principals earn an average salary of $91,780 per year. Salaries typically start from $59,250 and go up to $129,300.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Highest

The top 10% of Principals in the United States earn:

$82.23 an hour $129,300 per year
Senior

The top 25% of Principals in the United States earn:

$58.01 an hour $110,250 per year
Experienced

The top 50% of Principals in the United States earn:

$42.02 an hour $89,540 per year
Junior

The bottom 25% of Principals in the United States earn:

$31.17 an hour $72,140 per year
Starting

The bottom 10% of Principals in the United States earn:

$23.88 an hour $59,250 per year

Historical salary for Principals in the United States

Principal salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Principal Salary in New Jersey - $124,400 # 1
Principal Salary in Connecticut - $117,950 # 2
Principal Salary in New York - $113,200 # 3
Principal Salary in Delaware - $109,450 # 4
Principal Salary in California - $104,790 # 5
Principal Salary in Washington - $103,270 # 6
Principal Salary in Maryland - $102,830 # 7
Principal Salary in Rhode Island - $101,970 # 8
Principal Salary in Alaska - $101,770 # 9
Principal Salary in Illinois - $101,160 # 10
Principal Salary in Minnesota - $98,940 # 11
Principal Salary in Massachusetts - $98,000 # 12
Principal Salary in Pennsylvania - $97,490 # 13
Principal Salary in Wisconsin - $96,410 # 14
Principal Salary in Oregon - $95,160 # 15
Principal Salary in Wyoming - $93,370 # 16
Principal Salary in Nebraska - $90,490 # 17
Principal Salary in Michigan - $90,450 # 18
Principal Salary in Iowa - $90,320 # 19
Principal Salary in Florida - $90,230 # 20
Principal Salary in District of Columbia - $89,660 # 21
Principal Salary in Missouri - $89,150 # 22
Principal Salary in Virginia - $88,520 # 23
Principal Salary in Georgia - $86,900 # 24
Principal Salary in Nevada - $86,740 # 25
Principal Salary in Utah - $85,960 # 26
Principal Salary in North Dakota - $84,710 # 27
Principal Salary in Colorado - $84,370 # 28
Principal Salary in Vermont - $84,330 # 29
Principal Salary in Hawaii - $83,990 # 30
Principal Salary in Ohio - $83,310 # 31
Principal Salary in New Hampshire - $82,370 # 32
Principal Salary in Kentucky - $82,190 # 33
Principal Salary in Indiana - $81,980 # 34
Principal Salary in South Carolina - $81,560 # 35
Principal Salary in Kansas - $81,560 # 36
Principal Salary in Idaho - $78,880 # 37
Principal Salary in New Mexico - $78,830 # 38
Principal Salary in Alabama - $78,790 # 39
Principal Salary in Texas - $77,570 # 40
Principal Salary in Arkansas - $76,770 # 41
Principal Salary in Maine - $76,510 # 42
Principal Salary in Arizona - $75,680 # 43
Principal Salary in Tennessee - $75,480 # 44
Principal Salary in South Dakota - $74,900 # 45
Principal Salary in Montana - $74,320 # 46
Principal Salary in Louisiana - $73,710 # 47
Principal Salary in Mississippi - $72,200 # 48
Principal Salary in Oklahoma - $71,480 # 49
Principal Salary in North Carolina - $68,240 # 50
Principal Salary in West Virginia - $66,510 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics