Principals rate their happiness above average.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, principals rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 28% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy principals are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Career counselor
3.8
$42k
Professor
3.6
$64k
Clergy
3.6
$50k
Principal
3.5
$98k
Health educator
3.5
$61k
Physical education teacher
3.5
$72k
School counselor
3.5
$61k
Graduate teaching assistant
3.4
$33k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are principals happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do principals find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as principals?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are principal’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are principals making the best use of their abilities?

Are principals happy with their salary?

Principals rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.4/5. The majority of principals are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked principals how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

379 principals

5 Star
25%

25% of principals rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of principals rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of principals rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of principals rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of principals rated their compensation 1 stars

Do principals find their jobs meaningful?

On average, principals rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.8/5. Unlike many careers, principals have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become principals.

We asked principals how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

378 principals

5 Star
36%

36% of principals rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
32%

32% of principals rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of principals rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of principals rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of principals rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as principals?

Principals rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.0/5. The majority of principals find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked principals how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.0 out of 5 stars

404 principals

5 Star
38%

38% of principals rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
37%

37% of principals rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of principals rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of principals rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of principals rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a principal’s work environment?

As a whole, principals rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.8/5. A solid majority of principals enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a principal.

We asked principals how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

402 principals

5 Star
32%

32% of principals rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of principals rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of principals rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of principals rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of principals rated their work environment 1 stars

Are principals making the best use of their abilities?

Former principals on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.8/5. Most principals surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a principal, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked principals how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

405 principals

5 Star
34%

34% of principals rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of principals rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
14%

14% of principals rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of principals rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of principals rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars