Principal earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Principal salary by state

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

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 17% more than similar careers in the United States.

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Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)