What does an Assistant Principal do?

Principals are responsible for the entire administrative aspect of a school. The job role is to provide leadership and final authority within the institution on top of executing curriculum planning based on the industry. Other duties include overseeing the performance of teachers and staff members as well as making decisions regarding departments and funding. Depending on the internal organizational structure, principals may progress to an executive or directorial role.

A bachelor's degree s required preferably in education followed by a master's degree in education administration. A state school administrator license is also required. Extensive teaching experience followed by experience working as a principal is preferred. Successful candidates for this position often have a strong understanding of regulatory impacts on educational institutions alongside a passion for teaching and improving child development.

What responsibilities are common for Assistant Principal jobs?
  • Oversee the entire operations of the school
  • Maintain an updated school curriculum reflective of the adopted education system
  • Make decisions on departments and funding options
  • Explore ways to improve the efficiency of education and quality in the school
  • Make necessary decisions to hire and fire teachers and support staff
  • Ensure school policies and regulations are followed at all times
  • Maintain a supportive and healthy learning environment
  • Set a good example for children for positive development
What are the typical qualifications for Assistant Principal jobs?
  • Master's degree in education administration required
  • Prior teaching experience followed by experience as a principal preferred
  • State school administrator license required
  • Strong understanding of laws and regulations affecting educational institutions
  • Working knowledge of financial budgeting and facilities management
  • Pass state background check
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills
  • Strong affinity for teaching children and helping them succeed
  • Passionate about the educational system
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
4.0 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does an Assistant Principal make?

Confident
$97,317 /yr
Total Pay
$73,946
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$23,370
 /yr

Additional Pay

$97,317

 / yr
$52K$372K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Assistant Principal Career Path

Learn how to become an Assistant Principal, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Assistant Principal
$97,317/yr
L3
Senior Principal
$147,256/yr
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
10%
2 - 4
71%
5 - 7
6%
8+
13%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Assistant Principal Insights

Read what Assistant Principal professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Bain & CompanyBain & Company
Principal
Apr 22, 2020

“Work life balance is hard to maintain when you're pushing to grow in the career.”

Booz Allen HamiltonBooz Allen Hamilton
Principal
Nov 5, 2021

“Benefits are not as good as when we were private but still well above industry average.”

GCM GrosvenorGCM Grosvenor
Principal
Oct 2, 2021

“No “mean boss” you can typically see in many other organizations in the industry.”

North HighlandNorth Highland
Principal
Jul 31, 2021

“There is a ton of talented people working here who care about the quality of the work and helping clients succeed.”

Mithril
Senior Principal
Oct 29, 2020

“Consequently every day is mentally challenging and a great learning opportunity.”

BHPBHP
Principal
Apr 14, 2022

“Everyone is top notch and highly skilled.”

TA DigitalTA Digital
Principal Executive
Oct 19, 2020

“Happy to be part of this company to work and looking forward to see the potential career growth.”

Mott MacDonaldMott MacDonald
Principal
Feb 11, 2021

“Conservative and solid company in the top 5 engineering firms in the UK”

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Assistant Principal Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an Assistant Principal

When working as an Assistant Principal, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Leadership, Tolerance, Teaching Experience, Motivated, and Writing.

The most similar professions to Assistant Principal are:
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Teacher

The most common qualifications to become an Assistant Principal include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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