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Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals
Quick Facts : Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals*
2010 Median Pay$86,970
Entry Level EducationMaster's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012236,100
Job Outlook10% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change23,200


Elementary, middle, and high school principals provide administrative leadership to teachers and other members of faculty and staff. They help manage everyday school operations as well as set goals and objectives for the school?s progress.

What Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals Do

  • Supervise teachers and other school staff, such as counselors and librarians
  • Ensure that staff have the tools and resources they need to do their jobs effectively
  • Discipline students and help teachers manage students' behavior
  • Meet with parents and teachers to discuss students' progress and behavior
  • Advocate on behalf of the school to ensure it has the necessary financial support

Work Environment

Elementary, middle, and high school principals work in public and private schools. Generally, they work full time, and many work summers when school is not in session.
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Job Outlook

Employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, employment growth will vary by region.
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Pay

The average salary of elementary, middle, and high school principals was $86,970 in May 2010.
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Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

86970

Education Occupations

52556.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals*
Percent Change in Employment

Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

9.82634

Education Occupations

15.236553990840912

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

Education leadership or administration programs require candidates to have a bachelor's degree in education, school counseling, or a related field to enter the program. In public schools, principals often must have a master's degree in education leadership or education administration.
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