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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.

Average Principal Yearly Salary in the United States

Principals earn a median salary of $89,540 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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Principal Earnings by Seniority

Top End Principal Earnings

The highest earning Principals in the United States earn:

$82.23
an hour
$129,300
per year
Senior Principal Earnings

Senior Principals in the United States earn:

$58.01
an hour
$110,250
per year
Experienced Principal Earnings

Experienced Principals in the United States earn:

$42.02
an hour
$89,540
per year
Junior Principal Earnings

Junior Principals in the United States earn:

$31.17
an hour
$72,140
per year
Starting Principal Earnings

Starting Principals in the United States earn:

$23.88
an hour
$59,250
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 $89k
Distance Learning Coordinator Salary $77k
Music Teacher Salary $64k
Physical Education Teacher Salary $58k
High School Teacher Salary $56k
Elementary School Teacher Salary $54k
Kindergarten Teacher Salary $50k
Childcare Program Administrator Salary $45k
Graduate Teaching Assistant Salary $31k
Teacher Assistant Salary $24k
Childcare Worker Salary $19k

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 - $122,700 # 1
Principal Salary in Connecticut - $122,890 # 2
Principal Salary in New York - $112,370 # 3
Principal Salary in Delaware - $111,180 # 4
Principal Salary in California - $105,960 # 5
Principal Salary in Washington - $105,940 # 6
Principal Salary in Maryland - $103,140 # 7
Principal Salary in Rhode Island - $100,190 # 8
Principal Salary in Alaska - $103,390 # 9
Principal Salary in Illinois - $99,690 # 10
Principal Salary in Minnesota - $100,840 # 11
Principal Salary in Massachusetts - $98,450 # 12
Principal Salary in Pennsylvania - $95,720 # 13
Principal Salary in Wisconsin - $94,470 # 14
Principal Salary in Oregon - $98,010 # 15
Principal Salary in Wyoming - $92,680 # 16
Principal Salary in Nebraska - $89,350 # 17
Principal Salary in Michigan - $91,620 # 18
Principal Salary in Iowa - $90,860 # 19
Principal Salary in Florida - $89,760 # 20
Principal Salary in District of Columbia - $86,900 # 21
Principal Salary in Missouri - $86,350 # 22
Principal Salary in Virginia - $86,300 # 23
Principal Salary in Georgia - $85,970 # 24
Principal Salary in Nevada - $87,150 # 25
Principal Salary in Utah - $85,870 # 26
Principal Salary in North Dakota - $85,140 # 27
Principal Salary in Colorado - $85,270 # 28
Principal Salary in Vermont - $84,470 # 29
Principal Salary in Hawaii - $80,600 # 30
Principal Salary in Ohio - $84,530 # 31
Principal Salary in New Hampshire - $82,400 # 32
Principal Salary in Kentucky - $81,900 # 33
Principal Salary in Indiana - $81,710 # 34
Principal Salary in South Carolina - $80,570 # 35
Principal Salary in Kansas - $81,100 # 36
Principal Salary in Idaho - $76,080 # 37
Principal Salary in New Mexico - $77,750 # 38
Principal Salary in Alabama - $79,870 # 39
Principal Salary in Texas - $75,090 # 40
Principal Salary in Arkansas - $75,760 # 41
Principal Salary in Maine - $77,670 # 42
Principal Salary in Arizona - $75,680 # 43
Principal Salary in Tennessee - $74,530 # 44
Principal Salary in South Dakota - $72,590 # 45
Principal Salary in Montana - $74,810 # 46
Principal Salary in Louisiana - $72,530 # 47
Principal Salary in Mississippi - $72,060 # 48
Principal Salary in Oklahoma - $70,810 # 49
Principal Salary in North Carolina - $63,870 # 50
Principal Salary in West Virginia - $67,910 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Principal

Interested in becoming a principal? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good principal? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    A masters degree is required to be a Principal. A teacher education degree is preferred.

  3. Get Hired

      Loading jobs...

    View all jobs →

    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.