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How much does a Principal make in the United States?

Average Principal Hourly Wage in the United States

Principals earn a median hourly wage of $42.02. Hourly wages typically start from $23.88 and go up to $82.23.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Principal Yearly Salary in the United States

Principals earn a median salary of $92,510 per year. Salaries typically start from $59,910 and go up to $135,770.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Great principals can make a huge difference in the lives of students and their communities. Principals have always been responsible for the management of their school, but lately they’ve also taken on an additional task of student achievement. In some instances, the increased hours and responsibility are not compensated for by minimal principal salary increases.

Employment Type Mix

88%
Full-Time
12%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.4
SCORE
165
RATINGS
Principals average a score of 3.4 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Principals in the 81th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Principal Earnings by Seniority

Top End Principal Earnings

The highest earning Principals in the United States earn:

$82.23
an hour
$135,770
per year
Senior Principal Earnings

Senior Principals in the United States earn:

$58.01
an hour
$114,950
per year
Experienced Principal Earnings

Experienced Principals in the United States earn:

$42.02
an hour
$92,510
per year
Junior Principal Earnings

Junior Principals in the United States earn:

$31.17
an hour
$73,710
per year
Starting Principal Earnings

Starting Principals in the United States earn:

$23.88
an hour
$59,910
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Principal salary comparison

Principals earn more than 95% percent of Education & Childcare careers. Principal salaries are in the top 89% of all careers in the United States.

Principal Salary $92k
School Psychologist Salary $73k
Music Teacher Salary $68k
Special Education Teacher Salary $59k
High School Teacher Salary $58k
Elementary School Teacher Salary $55k
Health Educator Salary $53k
Childcare Program Administrator Salary $45k
Graduate Teaching Assistant Salary $34k
Teacher Assistant Salary $25k
Childcare Worker Salary $21k
Source:

Historical salary for Principals in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Principal salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Principal Salary in New Jersey - $125,090 # 1
Principal Salary in New York - $117,990 # 2
Principal Salary in Washington - $111,550 # 3
Principal Salary in Maryland - $106,180 # 4
Principal Salary in Massachusetts - $103,640 # 5
Principal Salary in Rhode Island - $100,800 # 6
Principal Salary in Minnesota - $102,480 # 7
Principal Salary in Pennsylvania - $97,490 # 8
Principal Salary in Wisconsin - $95,290 # 9
Principal Salary in Iowa - $96,160 # 10
Principal Salary in Oregon - $101,600 # 11
Principal Salary in Missouri - $89,600 # 12
Principal Salary in Virginia - $91,420 # 13
Principal Salary in Nebraska - $93,760 # 14
Principal Salary in Wyoming - $93,910 # 15
Principal Salary in Nevada - $91,720 # 16
Principal Salary in Michigan - $91,550 # 17
Principal Salary in North Dakota - $88,380 # 18
Principal Salary in Utah - $88,920 # 19
Principal Salary in Vermont - $86,010 # 20
Principal Salary in New Hampshire - $83,630 # 21
Principal Salary in Indiana - $82,610 # 22
Principal Salary in Kentucky - $82,980 # 23
Principal Salary in Kansas - $82,220 # 24
Principal Salary in Ohio - $84,510 # 25
Principal Salary in South Carolina - $81,780 # 26
Principal Salary in New Mexico - $81,900 # 27
Principal Salary in Texas - $79,830 # 28
Principal Salary in South Dakota - $78,110 # 29
Principal Salary in Maine - $80,500 # 30
Principal Salary in Montana - $77,200 # 31
Principal Salary in Tennessee - $75,920 # 32
Principal Salary in Louisiana - $72,770 # 33
Principal Salary in Mississippi - $73,750 # 34
Principal Salary in Oklahoma - $71,260 # 35
Principal Salary in West Virginia - $70,120 # 36
Principal Salary in North Carolina - $63,450 # 37
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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