Principal earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Principal salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $110,040
Alabama $80,960
Arkansas $78,810
Arizona $76,300
California $124,410
Colorado $91,390
Connecticut $130,460
District of Columbia $105,160
Delaware $115,850
Florida $84,850
Georgia $93,770
Guam $74,960
Hawaii $95,360
Iowa $97,874
Idaho $80,090
Illinois $94,347
Indiana $86,790
Kansas $85,880
Kentucky $73,768
Louisiana $71,360
Massachusetts $106,450
Maryland $113,940
Maine $83,320
Michigan $93,530
Minnesota $106,560
Missouri $87,180
Mississippi $77,020
Montana $83,830
North Carolina $68,120
North Dakota $99,680
Nebraska $100,070
New Hampshire $87,570
New Jersey $126,440
New Mexico $83,330
Nevada $93,040
New York $124,760
Ohio $87,700
Oklahoma $70,390
Oregon $107,690
Pennsylvania $98,099
Puerto Rico $48,340
Rhode Island $104,220
South Carolina $85,330
South Dakota $77,800
Tennessee $80,750
Texas $82,810
Utah $93,310
Virginia $92,090
Virgin Islands $67,640
Vermont $90,800
Washington $118,720
Wisconsin $97,970
West Virginia $71,060
Wyoming $96,440

How much does a Principal earn?

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.

How do principal salaries compare to similar careers?

Principals earn 14% more than similar careers in the United States.

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Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)