School principal

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How much does a School Principal make in the United States?

Average base salary
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17.8k salaries reported, updated at May 25, 2020
$101,946
per year
The average salary for a school principal is $101,946 per year in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • 403(b)
  • Professional development assistance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Retirement plan
  • Gym membership

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What does a School Principal do?

A school principal is a staff member of a school who has the greatest management responsibility in the school. They supervise the administration and academic process in the school. They liaise with other school districts to promote academic success and achievement through the establishment of quality academic programs.

Working as a School Principal

A school principal may function in the following ways:

  • Working in conjunction with teachers to maintain disciplinary and academic standards of students
  • Filing and submitting student's academic performance reports to the ministry of education
  • Creating and sustaining school policies
  • Supervising and keeping the records of all school's income and expenses
  • Suggesting important renovation and construction works in the school
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a School Principal

Must I head a department before I become a school principal?

Though this is not a requirement, people who are appointed as school principals are first teachers, then they move up the work scale to head a department in the school. They can then apply for and be appointed as a school principal when there is a vacancy.

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Is being a school principal hard?

Though the job of a principal is very tasking, it is not hard. It is a very rewarding job as you have the opportunity to influence society's future generation.

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Can a school principal fire teachers?

The school principal can fire teachers at any time during the probation periods of their employment. However, when a teacher is tenured, the school principal can no longer fire a teacher without a just cause.

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