Principal earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Principal salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Connecticut $130,100
New Jersey $125,090
New York $117,990
California $115,710
Delaware $111,810
Washington $111,550
Alaska $109,380
Maryland $106,180
Massachusetts $103,640
Rhode Island $100,800
Illinois $100,910
Minnesota $102,480
District of Columbia $99,740
Pennsylvania $97,490
Wisconsin $95,290
Iowa $96,160
Oregon $101,600
Missouri $89,600
Virginia $91,420
Nebraska $93,760
Wyoming $93,910
Florida $92,990
Georgia $89,260
Hawaii $86,040
Nevada $91,720
Michigan $91,550
North Dakota $88,380
Utah $88,920
Colorado $87,560
Vermont $86,010
New Hampshire $83,630
Indiana $82,610
Kentucky $82,980
Kansas $82,220
Ohio $84,510
South Carolina $81,780
New Mexico $81,900
Texas $79,830
South Dakota $78,110
Maine $80,500
Alabama $78,270
Idaho $80,570
Arkansas $77,590
Montana $77,200
Tennessee $75,920
Arizona $74,750
Louisiana $72,770
Mississippi $73,750
Oklahoma $71,260
Virgin Islands $67,090
Guam $70,260
West Virginia $70,120
North Carolina $63,450
Puerto Rico $49,770

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 18% more than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than professors but more than music teachers.

Career Median Salary
Professor salary $51K
Distance learning coordinator salary $82K
Principal salary $75K
School psychologist salary $75K
Education administrator salary $48K
School counselor salary $42K
Music teacher salary $43K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)