Updated Dec 13, 2021

How much does a Principal make?

Updated Dec 13, 2021

Experience

Industry

$319,630 / yrTotal Pay
$165,386 / yrBase Pay
$154,245 / yrAdditional Pay

$319,630

 / yr
$185K$577K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Principal is $319,630 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $165,386 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $154,245 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Total Pay Trajectory

For Principal

$319,630 /yr
Principal
$298,413 /yr
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Related Job Titles

For Principal

Some related job titles are Director Salaries with median pay of $217,259, School Principal Salaries with median pay of $103,487, Vice President Salaries with median pay of $317,049, Assistant Principal Salaries with median pay of $89,358.

Top Paying Companies

For a Principal in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Principal in United States. Employers include Google, Yahoo and The Carlyle Group.

1
Google
$576,203/yr
2
Yahoo
$529,665/yr
5
Booz & Company
$484,183/yr
9
Intuit
$462,009/yr

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Kearney
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PrincipalSee 274 salaries from this location

$442,337

 / yr

$309,235

 / yr

$478,745

 / yr

$337,151

 / yr

$367,578

 / yr

$382,281

 / yr

$355,203

 / yr

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$181,886

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$326,839

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$484,183

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$469,646

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$442,167

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$384,545

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$400,654

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Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Education?

Job growth in education remains steady, with modest growth in salaries and greater opportunities for workers with STEM specialization or those with advanced degrees. Opportunities are likely to persist with the projected rise in student enrollment in the coming years. Jobs are often reliant upon state and local budgets with public sector benefits being an attractive feature for many job-seekers.

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Job Title

Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date of Time

Principal

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$85,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Principal

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$214,000

/yr

$179K | $35K

SubmittedYesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Principal

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$120,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
HIgh School Principal

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$105,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Principal

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$96,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Principal

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$100,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Principal

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$111,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Principal

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$108,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Principal

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$275,000

/yr

$225K | $50K

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday

Principal pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Principal is $165,386 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Principal salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 6711 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Principal employees.

The highest salary for a Principal in United States is $294,734 per year.

The lowest salary for a Principal in United States is $95,924 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Principal or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Principal.